Neil Warnock' s side return to action against Derby County tomorrow afternoon, and are taking on a Rams side in fine spirits following their 1-0 midweek win over Hull City - a result that finally ended their nine-game run without a win.
Speaking after Boro's loss to QPR, Warnock gave some insight into why new signing Martin Pareyo is yet to make a start since his summer switch to the club. The Middlesbrough boss revealed: “At the moment he’s quite a way (from being ready to start a game) We just have to try and give him minutes when we can. I just thought it was worth shoving him on and he might have just unlocked the door.
“They were obviously sitting deep and taking five minutes every goal kick so we thought it might just be something just to change it.”
He continued: “We haven’t seen an awful lot with the games, we’ve had so many games He has technical ability, there is no doubt about that. It’s just the pace of the game we have to get him up to.
“You saw that with the free-kick (he gave away and received a booking for), it was a silly free-kick, a lazy free-kick. He has to know a bit more about the Championship.”
Take a look at the latest news round-up from the second tier, as the window moves closer to its final week:
5. Valerien tight-lipped on Zohore future
West Brom boss Valerien Ismael has refused to comment on the future of striker Kenneth Zohore, insisting he prefers not to discuss players not part of his match-day squad. He's been linked with the likes of Middlesbrough and Sheffield Wednesday in the past. (Birmingham Mail)
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6. Sunderland set to win Huggins race
Blackpool and Blackburn Rovers both looked to have missed out on reported target Niall Huggins, who looks set to join Sunderland instead. The 20-year-old ace made his senior debut as a substitute in a Premier League game against Arsenal last season. (Football Insider)
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7. Blades tipped to snap up veteran midfielder
Sheffield United have been linked with a move for 35-year-old free agent midfielder Adlene Guedioura. The veteran has played in England before, featuring for the likes of Wolves, Middlesbrough and Nottingham Forest before joining Qatari side Al-Gharafa in 2019. (The Sun)
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8. Lilywhites set to swoop for Curtis
Preston North End are said to have "stepped up their interest" in signing winger Ronan Curtis from Portsmouth. The Republic of Ireland international has also been linked with Cardiff City and Blackburn Rovers. (Portsmouth News)
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