Middlesbrough host Barnsley at the Riverside (Photo by George Wood/Getty Images)

This is Middlesbrough's strongest XI for Riverside showdown with Barnsley - with ex-Sunderland man leading the attack

Middlesbrough are back in Championship action this week as they welcome Barnsley to the Riverside looking to seal back-to-back wins.

Tuesday, 19th October 2021, 4:14 pm

Boro are yet to win successive games this season, losing after each of their four wins.

But Neil Warnock’s side have an opportunity to end that run when they welcome a struggling Barnsley side to Teesside on Wednesday evening.

Warnock’s men had to wait until late in the day to see off Peterborough United at the weekend with Paddy McNair’s spot kick and substitute Josh Coburn’s second goal for the club, and in the Tykes they are welcoming another team in the Championship’s bottom three.

The Yorkshire side found themselves in the Championship promotion picture last season having made it to the play-off semi-finals but have found life difficult under new boss Markus Schopp following Valérien Ismaël’s switch to West Bromwich Albion in the summer.

The Tykes are on a run of four consecutive defeats heading into their trip to the Riverside as Boro look to edge further into the top half of the table win a win.

But Warnock still has a number of injury concerns plaguing his squad and was forced into playing a number of players out of position in Saturday’s win over Peterborough.

Warnock will be boosted by the return of Lee Peltier after serving his one-match ban but with none of those on the treatment table expected to make a return the Boro boss still has a selection headache.

Who do you think should start against Barnsley? Here at The Mail we’ve selected what could be Boro’s strongest available XI for the clash with the Tykes.

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