4 Middlesbrough players that might be the next great stars to emerge like Marcus Tavernier

4 Middlesbrough players that might be the next great stars to emerge like Marcus Tavernier


Boro were beaten by Coventry City in the play-off semi-finals last season, and they were widely expected to challenge at the top of the division again this time around, but they failed to win any of their first seven league games.

However, Michael Carrick’s side have rediscovered their form in recent weeks, and they will be hoping to climb the table and push for


the top six once again in the year ahead.

It was an incredibly busy summer at the Riverside Stadium, with 12 new players arriving at the club, while Boro lost star striker Chuba Akpom, and failed to secure the return of any of last season’s influential loanees, including Zack Steffen, Ryan Giles, Aaron Ramsey and Cameron Archer.
Boro’s transfer policy this summer focused largely on bringing in young players, and there are a number of exciting talents currently part of the first team squad.

The club have received significant transfer fees for a number of their youngsters over the years, such as Marcus Tavernier and Djed Spence, and with that in mind, we looked at which Boro players could be the next stars to emerge.
It has been an incredibly impressive start to life on Teesside for van den Berg following his summer move from PEC Zwolle.

Van den Berg reportedly attracted attention from the likes of Borussia Dortmund, Bayern Munich, AC Milan and Roma prior to his move to the Riverside Stadium, underlining the defender’s potential.

The 19-year-old is a centre-back by trade, but he has looked equally comfortable at both right-back and left-back for Boro in the early weeks of the campaign, and his performances have not gone unnoticed by Carrick.
I’m hugely impressed. He’s a terrific individual, really grounded and humble, terrific character and great attitude. He has a real calming influence but is quite sure of himself in a really good way as well,” Carrick told Teesside Live.

“I think he told me he’d played right-back once before before Betis when Tommy got injured in pre-season. And he’s never played left-back in his life and ended up playing there against Sheffield Wednesday. He just has the ability to do that, he’s a really good footballer, he’s clever, sharp, hungry, and he has a great attitude.
To do that at 19 in a new country and new surroundings is not easy at all. It’s a great sign for him moving forward, it’s all experience for him which I’ve said to him, it’s taking him out of his comfort zone a little bit but he’s dealt with it unbelievably well.

“It’s absolutely terrific [that he chose to join Boro this summer]. The boys, we’d like to think they’re here for the right reasons – to come and play and enjoy their football, to develop in certain ways depending on what age they are.

“It’s really refreshing for someone of Rav’s capabilities and potential, he could have chosen other clubs, bigger clubs if you like. He saw something here that he was keen to be part of. We’re delighted to have him and really excited to see how he can fulfil his potential. He’s doing ever so well.”
If van den Berg maintains his current level of form, it may not be long before those bigger clubs come calling once again.
Coburn has been on the fringes of Boro’s first team for a number of years, but he looks set to establish himself at the Riverside Stadium this season.

The striker spent last season on loan with League One side Bristol Rovers, scoring 10 goals in 40 appearances for the Gas, and winning the club’s Young Player of the Year award.

Carrick opted to keep Coburn at the club this summer, and he has been picked ahead of big-money signing Emmanuel Latte Lath in recent weeks, opening his account for the season in the 3-2 win at Watford on Saturday.
Coburn has been a constant threat for Boro so far this campaign, and if he can improve his end product, he could be the man to replace Akpom’s goals.
Hackney has cemented his place at the heart of the Boro midfield since making his breakthrough last season.

The 21-year-old scored four goals and provided six assists in 44 appearances in all competitions last season, and having started every game so far this campaign, he seems to be one of the first names on Michael Carrick’s team sheet.

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