Carayol will excite Boro fans says Mowbray

GREAT SIGNING: Tony Mowbray is thrilled with ex-Bristol Rovers star Mustapha Carayol

GREAT SIGNING: Tony Mowbray is thrilled with ex-Bristol Rovers star Mustapha Carayol

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MUSTAPHA Carayol will excite the Middlesbrough supporters this season.

That is the verdict of Riverside boss Tony Mowbray who signed the Gambian winger from Bristol Rovers during the summer.

Carayol was the star of the show during Tuesday night’s 2-0 League Cup win at Gillingham, opening the scoring with a cool, first-half finish.

And Mowbray admits the 23-year-old was always near the very top of his close-season wish list.

“He’s the type of player who will excite our fans,” said the Boro chief ahead of tomorrow’s trip to Millwall (kick off 12.45pm).

“He excites me.

“I went to watch him at the end of last season and I left at half-time with his name stuck firmly in my back pocket – he was going to be signed.

“It took a bit longer than we would have liked, probably because of the agents he was using at the time, but he’s here now and he’s a great lad.”

Mowbray went on: “Like all players of that type there will be nights when it does not come off for him.

“But on Tuesday he was scintillating, running with the ball past people, creating chances and he scored a wonderful goal.”

Carayol is now in line to start at The New Den when Boro return to Championship action, bidding for a third win on the spin.

And Mowbray added: “Hopefully he’ll stay fit and be a big player for us this year.

“He hadn’t trained for two weeks.

“We were always planning to give him 60 minutes and hopefully he’ll feel better for the weekend now.”