Boro new boy Christian Stuani’s a quick learner on the goal front

Christian Stuani
Christian Stuani

Christian Stuani knows “only a couple of words of English”.

But Middlesbrough midfielder Adam Clayton is pleased that “goal is one of them” after the new signing lifted Boro to second place in the Sky Bet Championship ahead of Saturday’s trip to Nottingham Forest.

Boro made it a hat-trick of league wins in midweek as Brentford were despatched 3-1, Stuani bagging a brace.

The Uruguay star, a £3.6million signing from Espanyol, has scored five goals since swapping Spain for England.

And while the language my be a barrier, it is not hindering his ability to play football.

“He keeps hitting the back of the net,” said Clayton.

“He only knows a couple of English words and if goal is one of them, I’m happy.”

Clayton says Boro have the right balance following the summer recruitment by head coach Aitor Karanka.

Diego Fabbrini, Stewart Downing and David Nugent have all impressed for Boro, while Carlos de Pena is not far away from making his debut.

Throw in the fact that Albert Adomah returned to the fold in style with the match-clinching goal against the Bees, following his transfer request, and life is looking good at the Riverside.

“If we can keep that good base at the back and the lads the gaffer has brought in can keep scoring then we have a good formula,” said Clayton.

“Good players can play in various different positions so to switch during a game should be quite easy with the players we’ve got.

“Stewy can play across the front three, so can Carlos, Diego and Albert.

“The gaffer has spent money on goalscorers and they are doing the job, we’re winning games, so long may it continue

“David’s a good player at this level and he’ll score many goals. He runs the channels well and, with him up front, you know there is always an out-ball there.

“He’s settled himself into the team really well and in and around the dressing room he’s a top lad.”

Clayton almost broke his Boro duck on Tuesday, only for Harlee Dean to make a last-ditch tackle.

“I thought I was about to tap it in, but it was a good tackle,” said the 26-year-old in an interview with BBC Tees.

“It will be come and the odd one will be nice, but, as long as we keep winning, I won’t be concerned about that.”