This is Tony Pulis' favourite Middlesbrough line-up - according to minutes played

Tony Pulis' team selections have been a source of debate among Middlesbrough fans at times this season - but which team does the Boro boss seem to prefer?

Thursday, 7th March 2019, 10:59 am
Updated Thursday, 7th March 2019, 11:03 am
What is Tony Pulis' favourite Middlesbrough line-up?

We've crunched the numbers and looked at the minutes played by every member of Middlesbrough's squad this season, to find out which eleven players have been picked by Pulis most often during the campaign. So who do these stats suggest forms the Welshman's favourite line-up? Scroll down and click through the pages to find out:

The Irish stopper is unsurprisingly between the sticks in this team, having played 3060 minutes of league football this campaign.
We've gone with three centre-backs, the first of whom is Friend. The former Doncaster and Wolves ace has featured for 2851 minutes in the Championship.

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Summer signing Flint had been a regular until he picked up an injury, featuring for 2464 minutes in the league campaign.
The youngster earns his place in this team having featured for just 26 minutes more than Dani Ayala.
Despite missing chunks of the campaign due to injury, Shotton has still managed to rack-up 1928 minutes of league football.
Contract issues may have stopped Downing from appearing in recent weeks, but he has featured in 1997 league minutes during the season.
A regular during the Championship season, Howson has been on the pitch for 2864 minutes.
The arrival of Jon Obi Mikel may have limited Clayton's chances of late, but he has still managed to play for 2121 minutes in the 2018/19 season.
The Everton loanee has featured for 1679 league minutes this season - earning him a place in the four-man midfield.
In and out the side during the season, Saville has been handed 1651 minutes of football during his first campaign on Teesside.
Pulis has rotated his strikers this season, but it is Assombalonga who has racked up the most league minutes - 1748, to be precise.