Middlesbrough confirm stance on former Premier League defender

Date published: Tuesday 19th October 2021 4:18 - Sean Byrne

Aston Villa during the Carabao Cup against Liverpool.

Middlesbrough manager Neil Warnock was quick to dismiss rumours linking his side to free agent Neil Taylor. 

Reports that Warnock was interested in pursuing left-back Taylor were quickly squashed. Taylor, 32, left Premier League side Aston Villa in the summer after making just one league appearance last season. However, Warnock has insisted his side are not currently pursuing free agents. 

Speaking to Teeside Live about Taylor, he said: “No, there is nothing in that. 

“Our search for a free agent is shelved at the moment and it’s make do with what we’ve got. 

“We will need some luck with injuries. But with everyone fit I’d fancy us to beat anyone in this league me.” 

The news comes after Warnock admitted to losing out on another left-back Robbie Brady to Bournemouth.  

Brady, 29, was also a free agent before being snapped up by the south coast side during the international break. 

Warnock said: “I would have liked to have brought Robbie Brady in if I’m honest. I think everybody knows that. 

“We did speak to him. He came up here and what have you, but unfortunately, we couldn’t get it over the line and I see he’s now signed for Bournemouth.” 

Boro still have enough space in their squad to make two free agent signings before the January transfer window. 

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Warnock wants more discipline from midfield 

Following his side’s 2-0 victory against Peterborough, Warnock was full of praise, however, he still wants more positional discipline. 

Speaking after the game, the Boro boss was pleased with how Matt Crooks and Martin Payero linked together. 

However, he reminded the Argentinian of how important it is to keep the right shape in the Championship. 

Speaking to the Northern Echo, he said: “Maybe undisciplined isn’t the right word, but he’s probably played in teams that have given him more chance to do that. 

“In fairness to Crooksy, he told him how he’d need him to help and how he’d need this, that and the other and they got on really well. I was pleased with them both today.”

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