Desperate times at Middlesbrough as young striker is recalled from Darlington

Middlesbrough have been forced to recall young striker Tyrone O’Neill from a loan spell at Darlington due to the Teessiders’ lack of attacking options.

Wednesday, 6th November 2019, 4:45 pm
Updated Wednesday, 6th November 2019, 4:45 pm
Tyrone O’Neill played for Hartlepool on loan last season.

Several Boro players have been ruled out through injury for this weekend’s meeting with QPR, including striker Ashley Fletcher who has a calf issue.

That leaves just Britt Assombalonga and 19-year-old Stephen Walker as Boro’s only recognised forwards,

At Derby last weekend, four of Boro’s substitutes had played for the under-23 side earlier in the week, and O’Neill may have to go straight into the squad for the QPR clash.

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The striker made 17 appearances for Darlington and scored seven goals for the National League North side.

“He’s a young lad and it’s an opportunity for him,” said Boro head coach Jonathan Woodgate.

“He’s done well at Darlington. He’s played a lot of football and scored a few goals so it’ll be good to have him back.”