Mowbray targets centre-back

Middlesbrough boss Tony Mowbray admits he could turn to the loan market in order to bolster his leaky defence.

Last Updated: 24/09/13 at 18:34 Post Comment

Tony Mowbray: Looking for an emergency centre-back at Boro

Tony Mowbray: Looking for an emergency centre-back at Boro

Mowbray has watched his side concede eight goals in just three Sky Bet Championship games, including three penalties.

The weekend's 3-3 draw against Bournemouth at the Riverside saw Rhys Williams join Emmanuel Ledesma on the list of suspended players after being shown a red card.

And that has proved to be the last straw for the Boro manager, who will spend the week searching for an emergency centre-back with unsettled Norwich defender Dani Ayala a potential target.

Asked about strengthening the backline, Mowbray said: "I think we have to and the players know that.

"The bottom line is the team deserve better than losing three goals, two goals every week to what in my mind is not a tactical thing, individuals have to stop playing their part in costing us goals.

"So maybe we need to create more competition in defensive areas.

"We did try to sign a centre-back in the last window and for a few reasons we didn't get a deal done.

"Maybe this sending off might prompt us to look.

"Let's wait and see what happens. We will look, we will see."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

D

on't go to England at your age, you'll either be mugged or not appreciated. Or made to lump the ball long to a bloke who looks like a mascot.

megabrow (cufc)
Beckenbauer warns Schweinsteiger

F

rom the headline I presumed he meant boots, pants, jim-jams, toothbrush and paste, passport, tickets, premier inn long-term package, Scouse-English-Portuguese-German dictionary, 'How to be a 9 and 3/4' by B. Rodgers, few dozen tins of food and Evian because you can never be sure about the local food/water...

KevinBoatang
Firmino has 'everything' for PL - Willian

H

e looked like he was playing with a plastic pound shop ball in the wind against Juve, his passing was so bad.

paddy7s
Sergio Ramos: Exactly What United Need

Footer 365

Dani Osvaldo leaves Southampton two years early

Southampton have terminated the contract of record signing Dani Osvaldo.

Slaven Bilic missing from West Ham bench for Europa League opener

Academy manager Terry Westley will be in charge when West Ham make their Europa League debut against Andorran side FC Lusitans.

Matej Vydra joins Watford on five-year deal after two loan spells

Striker Matej Vydra is back with Watford, this time on a permanent basis after signing a five-year deal to join the club from Udinese.

Mail Box

Are United Aiming Too High On Transfers?

One mailer wonders whether United are aiming a little high on their transfer ambitions. Plus, BAHs, West Ham in Europe, petty annoyances and Michu to United...

Liverpool Are Attractive To Strikers

You've got little competition and bags of service from midfield, so surely strikers would love to join Liverpool? Plus England's future, Callum Wilson handshakes and...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company