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‘Played Out Of Position’ ‘Gone In The Summer…Guaranteed’ – Boro Fans On Social Media Debate £5m Signing’s Future

It’s fair to say that Middlesbrough midfielder Paddy McNair hasn’t had the best of times since arriving from Sunderland in the summer.

The £5m signing has not started a single league game in his favoured central midfield position and the January capture of former Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel moved him further down the pecking order.

Some fans are frustrated that McNair hasn’t been used in his best position and want the 23-year-old to be given more time:

Other supporters don’t think the Northern Irish international is good enough to play for Boro:

McNair scored five goals in 16 appearances for Sunderland in central midfield last season, but this campaign, he has made the majority of his appearances as a wingback or a centre-half.

Whether the former Manchester United player will be given a run in his favoured role, it doesn’t seem too likely currently.

With Mikel, Lewis Wing, Johnny Howson, Mo Besic, George Saville and Adam Clayton all vying for places in the starting lineup, it’s looking like a tall order.