AT some point in the next few weeks Aitor Karanka is going to sit down with a piece of paper and write down the 25 names he will submit to the Premier League as the Boro squad. It won’t be easy.
We already have 24 senior professionals in the squad with the club looking to bring in more – a keeper, a striker, a right back at least… possibly a left back as cover, maybe another centre-back… – and everyone that arrives will effectively push one of the existing players out of the magic circle. There some tough decisions to be made.
And his hands are tied by some strict rules: the number of home grown and foreign players is limited. So there may be a lot of crossing out as he tries to jiggle his resources. Here’s a long read I did on the rules around the squad and some factors to consider.
If you want o start work on your own list of definites for the 25, feel free…