Jonathan Woodgate is coming under increasing pressure of losing his job at the Riverside, as Boro are on a dreadful run of nine games without a win. They are in desperate need of a response as they host fourth-placed Forest, who have their eyes on adding pressure on the top two.
Howson, formerly of Norwich and Leeds, has been used in midfield, out wide and even in a back three this season and is considered as one of Boro’s top performers in what has been a tough campaign. He has expressed faith in his sides ability to edge away from the bottom three.
Howson stated: “I believe there is the firepower in the squad to get us out of trouble.”
Ashley Fletcher has been Boro’s main man for goals this season, scoring 10 so far. Lewis Wing has contributed six from midfield, the same as Britt Assombalonga, Fletcher’s strike partner.
Middlesbrough are currently the league’s lowest scorers, with just 34. Meanwhile, their opponents Nottingham Forest have the Championship’s second-best defence, conceding only 33.
The firepower Howson mentioned is going to have to come into action soon if Middlesbrough are to avoid the drop. Especially as sides around them are picking up form recently.