20 clubs in 20 days: Middlesbrough FC
Today we will be previewing our fourth club in this year's version of 20 clubs in 20 days. These guys are no strangers to Premier League action and will return to the top flight for the first time since the 2008/09 season. They are Middlesbrough FC who are the current champions of the Sky Bet Championship.
For those who do not know about Middlesbrough here is a little information about the club. Founded in 1876 Middlesbrough also known as "Boro" play at the Riverside Stadium located in Middlesbrough. Their rivals include Newcastle United (Tyne-Tees Derby) and Sunderland (Wear-Tees Derby). The club has one Capital One Cup which they won it in 2004.
Boro have a few impact players that should be their go to guys. They are Lukas Jutkiewicz, Lassad, Charlie Mulgrew and Jason Steele. Jutkiewicz last season lead the Championship and the club in scoring. While goalkeeper Jason Steele had a streak of five games without conceding a goal.
Gareth Beechers (Free), Charlie Mulgrew (Celtic), Markus Henriksen (AZ), Matthew Briggs (Fulham) and Christian Derflinger (FC Bayern Munich)
Faris Haroun (AA Gent), Stuart Parnaby (Rangers), Rhys Williams (OM) and Andrew Halliday (Doncaster)
Only 27, McKenzie has already shown that he could manage in a high quality league. The ex TFC coach came to Middlesbrough last November when Tony Mowbry was sacked. He surprised many in the English Media when he lead the club to a 15 game win streak that helped them move from 17th to 1st in the table. Now this season we will see if he is truly ready or not. The step up from the Championship to the Premier League is huge and can destroy a new managers confidence in no time. Will his 4-2-3-1 work against the big boys?
Middlesbrough have the talent to possibly stay in the premier League but will coaching make or break the squad. If they can acquire more depth by the end of the window I can see they might survive. A few days ago McKenzie hired Eric Cantona to help out, we see this as a positive in the right direction.
18th. Close but will struggle all year. Coaching and lack of depth are the issues.