The Middlesbrough starting XI which could face Barnsley with two changes from Watford draw

Middlesbrough will be hoping to end a three-match winless run when they travel to Barnsley this weekend – but it won’t be easy for Neil Warnock’s side.

Friday, 9th April 2021, 5:05 pm
Middlesbrough striker Ashley Fletcher.

The Tykes have been in excellent form in recent months and have won 10 of their last 13 league games under manager Valerien Ismael.

That run of results has given Barnsley a real chance of finishing in the play-offs, and the hosts sit fifth in the table ahead of kick-off.

As for Boro, it’s not impossible for them to reach the top six, yet Warnock has already accepted his side’s chances are extremely unlikely.

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Future remains unclear after a mixed season between the sticks. The Fulham loanee has started every league game this term.

With aspirations of winning promotion next season, Warnock will be assessing his squad over the final six games, while looking at the areas he wants to strengthen.

Boro drew 1-1 with Watford last time out but may alter their formation to match up Barnsley’s system.

Here’s who we think could start for the Teessiders.

Looks like Boro's best option on the right side of defence with Anfernee Dijksteel set to miss the rest of the campaign through injury.
Excellent free-kick led to Boro’s equaliser against Watford. Looks like he'll have to play at centre-back due to Dael Fry's injury.
Has been Boro's best performer in recent weeks following his return from injury.
May be moved into a left centre-back role so that Boro can match up Barnsley's system. It's a position he's played in before this campaign.
A player who will be out of contract at the end of the season and is playing for his future. Unfortunate not to have received more game time in recent weeks.
Hasn't been at his best in recent weeks but is a key part of Boro's side in the holding midfield role.
Returned to the starting XI against Watford and is likely to keep his place following an injury to Sam Morsy.
Can operate out wide and in a central position. Has started four of Boro's last five games.
Warnock has praised the forward's work rate in recent weeks when he's started in a central role.
Hasn't started a game since he limped off with an injury against Bristol City in February. May be recalled to give his side a focal point up front.