I’ve seen so much delusion from rival fans so here’s my view why Middlesbrough are going to walk the league:
The core of the best defence in the Champ last time out is still here and there was nothing wrong with the PL defence either.
Not to mention a young, local England international as captain. How many other Championship sides have one of them?
De Roon and Forshaw on their day were by far PL quality last year and Clayton and Leadbitter are a proven promotion winning Champ duo. There’s also Jonny Howson, best player on the field in the 2015 Play Off Final. Nobody else even comes close to that midfield depth.
Gaston Ramirez and Martin Braithwaite. There’s Europa League teams with much less creativity. They’re not staying in the 2nd tier for long.
Just some Championship TOTS-winning players, far from guaranteed a starting place, who are lying around the squad.
A Champions League winner and Oldham’s clean sheets record holder lounging around in the reserves? Check.
Two future England internationals, fresh from winning the World Cup who are set to push on and win promotion for their hometown club. Is Helder Costa statistically the best dribbler in Europe? Didn’t think so. Nowhere near Adama Traore. But no, because Leeds have signed a blonde Eastern European with spikey hair and an earring, Dave from Wakefield still calls us deluded.