A loss for Boro could all-but end their hopes of making the play-off places, as they look to bridge a nine-point gap currently standing between them and a top six finishing, with just six games left to make up the ground.
Speaking after their last game, a 1-1 draw with Watford, Middlesbrough boss Neil Warnock lauded Hayden Coulson for adapting to an unfamiliar number ten role when coming off the bench, and claimed: “In the first five minutes he looked like he was a rabbit in the headlights.
“But he does so well in training in that sort of situation in tight areas with bodies around him, he’s the best player in the club in training in those tight situations.
“We just said why don’t we give him a chance at number ten, that’s what we said and this opportunity came.”
“There was only Marvin (Johnson) defensively on the bench other than Hayden, everyone else was a forward so we didn’t have much options really.”
Here are today's biggest transfer stories and the latest team news involving Middlesbrough and the rest of the Championship, as the build-up to the action to this weekend's action continues:
5. Porteous boost for Millwall
Millwall's chances of landing Hibs star Ryan Porteous look to have received a boost, with the Scottish side's chairman conceding that they may need to sell the player this summer. The Lions had a £1m bid turned down in January. (Sky Sports)
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6. Swans join battle for Bryan
Swansea City are believed to be among a number sides keen on signing Sheffield United's Kean Bryan at the end of the season, once his contract expires. Fulham and Burnley are also said to be in the running. (Football Insider)
7. Ex-Boro ace set for £8m move
Norwich City will sign Ben Gibson on a permanent deal if they secure promotion this season, for a fee which is now believed to be around £8m - just over half of the £15m Burnley paid to sign him from Middlesbrough in 2018. (Pink Un)
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8. Bell lands new Robins deal
Bristol City have handed promising youngster Sam Bell a new three-year deal at the club, after making his first-team debut earlier in the season. He's the son of former Robins man Mickey Bell, who made over 300 appearances for the club. (Club website)
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