From Frazer Richardson to József Varga. From Justin Hoyte to a young Kyle Knaughton, the position of right full back has never been a specialty of Boro’s. But with the recent signing of Ireland international Cyrus Christie could things be about to change?
Most spectators of last season’s Premier League debacle would argue anything is better than the performances of now Real Betis full back Antonio Barragán – Who let’s be honest couldn’t even take a proper throw in.
— EverythingMFC (@EverythingMFC) July 6, 2017
Despite his promising start to the season. Although at times it wasn’t all bad. The introduction of Fabio to the team last year showed promise down the right however fans may consider the Brazilian as more of an option for the left hand side of defence.
Indeed, Middlesbrough may of thought they’d found the answer to the issue in Emilio Nsue. Yet the promotion winning defender was let go during last seasons January transfer window, after falling behind the like of Calum Chambers and previously mentioned Antonio Barragán.
The now captain of the Equatorial Guinea national team is part of a Birmingham side who were very nearly relegated last season, only for Harry Redknapp to save them on the final day of the Championship season.
Now onto Monk’s new man himself.
Cyrus Christie, an international pedigree right back will be hoping to establish himself as the clubs main right hand sided defender. Not only this but also end the dreaded problem that Boro have faced for so long.
Christie started his career with Coventry City before going on to make 102 appearances. The impressive performances of the attack minded full back, subsequently earned him a move to Championship promotion contenders Derby County. Where he made 107 appearances and scoring 2 goals, whilst doing so bagging himself a place in the Republic of Ireland national team.
It is believed Boro payed around £2 million pound for the defender and he has already impressed in early pre season friendlies against the likes of Oxford United, Chesterfield and Macclesfield Town.
His pace and strength allows the ex-Nuneaton Town loanee to overlap and join attacks as well as provide assists for his team mates. A skill which has already been put into action, after his assist for youngster Mikael Soisalo; the first goal scorer in Wednesday nights 2-2 friendly draw at the Moss Rose stadium.
Ultimately it will be exciting to see a new challenger for the role of right back at the club, and hopefully Cyrus can end the issue once and for all.
Boro fans, do you think Cyrus Christie is the answer to the problem? Have you been impressed with pre season performances? Leave a comment or tweet @GoodBadBoro on twitter.