MIDDLESBROUGH have added a young Premier League full-back to their ranks ahead of tomorrow’s “very dangerous” game with Reading.
Boro welcome the Royals to the Riverside (kick-off 3pm) on the back of a week that began with the post-Sheffield Wednesday inquest before being followed by a 3-1 Capital One Cup victory against Preston North End.
Boss Aitor Karanka yesterday signed Tottenham Hotspur youngster Ryan Fredericks on a season-long loan.
The 21-year-old, who has had loan spells at Brentford and Millwall in the past, is available for selection tomorrow and is likely to start ahead of Damia.
The attacking full-back’s signing is not expected to be the final one of the transfer window, with Patrick Bamford possibly signing today.
Karanka hinted to www.mfc.co.uk that there “maybe one surprise” addition before the window’s deadline.
The test against Reading will, according to Karanka, be a “very difficult game, a very dangerous game and a very important game.”
The Spaniard explained why to BBC Tees: “It is important because they are a good team and they beat us last season.
“It is dangerous because Reading are two points below us and maybe people will think it is an easier game.
“It will not be because they are a very good team.”
Karanka blasted his players after last Saturday’s 3-2 loss against Wednesday, claiming that some of them think they are “untouchable”.
The manager believes that his players understood his message and he has called on them to replicate the 3-0 win against Reading on Teesside last December.
He continued: “They took the message.
“The attitude was better on Tuesday.
“With this comment I wanted to say that when we don’t have a player breathing down their neck they get comfortable and I don’t want that.”
On mirroring the performance of nine months ago, he said: “It is the example that we have to repeat.
“The way we played against them here was one of the best performances here at home.
“3-0, for me, was the most comfortable game because we scored three goals and they had a sending off.
“It was a good game and it is a good example to follow.”
Meanwhile, Kei Kamara’s Boro career is over after 12 months. The striker’s contract was terminated by mutual consent yesterday.