BLACKBURN, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 26: A detailed view of the official EFL match ball is seen prior to the Sky Bet Championship match between Blackburn Rovers and Sheffield Wednesday at Ewood Park on December 26, 2020 in Blackburn, England. The match will be played without fans, behind closed doors as a Covid-19 precaution. (Photo by Lewis Storey/Getty Images)

Former Middlesbrough boss among favourites for Bournemouth job, ex-Everton striker tipped for second-tier move

Middlesbrough will be looking to end a disappointing min-run of results this weekend, as the aim to win their first game in three attempts when they host fellow promotion challengers Brentford at the Riverside Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

By Richie Boon
Thursday, 4th February 2021, 9:37 am

Boro have failed to beat the Bees in their last five encounters, the most recent of which saw them knocked out of the FA Cup with a 2-1 defeat in west London.

As things stand, Neil Warnock’s side stand an excellent chance of making the play-offs, and picking up a big win against the Bees would be an excellent morale-booster as they look to continue their push towards a top-six finish.

Ahead of the weekend's clash, Warnock discussed star men Paddy McNair and Marcus Tavernier, and claimed: "For me, Paddy could play at any level now, he could play in the top half of the Premier League."

“I think he knows now to forget about midfield because he’s just an average player in midfield but at the back he’s unbelievable.

“Tav has got a lot to learn but he is learning all the time, he frustrates a manager and can pick an argument with his shadow at times but other than that he’s learning all the time and he will improve."

Here's our round-up of all the latest news and transfer chat involving Middlesbrough and a number of their divisional rivals, as we gear up for another action-packed weekend of second-tier football.

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