Who will Aitor Karanka leave out to bring Patrick Bamford back for Middlesbrough at Wembley

GOAL: Kike scores for Boro against Brentford
GOAL: Kike scores for Boro against Brentford

AITOR Karanka has a pressing dilemma up front as Patrick Bamford should be able to start in the final with his on-going ankle injury not risked during last night’s victory.

While it was pleasing and indeed a relief in some quarters to see Boro net three goals without their top goalscorer, a place on the bench at the national stadium is probably not befitting the on-loan Chelsea ace.

But, equally, Kike led the line expertly against Brentford and scored the crucial second goal that ensured Boro’s progression, so it would be harsh to drop the Spaniard for the final.

It means that Jelle Vossen, the scorer of the opening goal in the first leg, may be the one who makes way for Bamford, even if his partnership with Bamford is greater than Kike’s is with the England under-21 star.