TONY Mowbray admits it was a relief to see Marvin Emnes survive the transfer window as a Middlesbrough player.
The Dutch striker was reportedly courting interest from Premier League Swansea City towards the end of last month but no move was forthcoming.
And Emnes – who scored 18 goals last term – responded by opening his Championship account during Saturday’s 3-1 defeat at Millwall courtesy of a first-half penalty.
“Marvin is a very talented footballer who fits into the way we like to play,” said Mowbray.
“We hope he’s hungry for goals now.
“It was pleasing to see him take the penalty and stick it away comfortably.
“It would have been nice for me to talk about two goals from Marvin, because he had a chance at the end that he scooped over.
“But he’s a top player and we’re delighted he’s still here.”
Meanwhile, Mowbray is hoping the two-week international break will give winger Mustapha Carayol the chance to recover from the knee injury which kept him out of the trip to the capital.
“Carayol was a big miss for us,” he said. “He has shown what he can bring to our team.
“He has hyper-extended his knee, but fingers crossed he will be OK in a few weeks’ time.
“He brings a different dimension to the team, which is why he is here. He is still a young boy and we have to put it into context.
“He has come from the second division and we shouldn’t be hanging our hat on him but I do think he can bring us something we have been missing.
“If he had been there to work the ball wide to, he could have gone past people and maybe created a few more chances that all our possession warranted.”
- CRAIG HOPE