Firstly, I apologise for my long absence from BoroMania.com.
The last time I wrote for this website was in the aftermath of Gareth Southgate's sacking. That
was four months ago - plenty of time for Southgate's successor Gordon Strachan to have imprinted
his mark upon the Middlesbrough squad.
Thanks to Marc in the comments of another article for pointing out that Porritt has gone off to
Portugal in an attempt to find a new club.
After reading Marc's comment I did a little digging and found a few reports, in Portuguese, that
confirm that Porritt has indeed been training with the Portuguese club.
Scott McDonald became the latest Celtic player to leave Celtic Park and join up with Boro, as we
did with the others we asked a few Celtic fans for an assesment of the player:
With the window closing at 5P.M. down south Scott McDonald (Skippy) was cutting his move
There is a tinge of disappointment around Boro fans at losing our leading scorer and most
exciting player but Adam Johnson's move to Manchester City was also met with an air of
inevitability. It's disappointing to lose him but lets face it, he was going anyway, if not now
then at the end of the season and the eventual deal with City was probably best for both
Nathan Porritt, once considered one of the brightest young players in the country, has had his
contract cancelled by Boro. Porritt shot into the limelight in 2006 in a BBC Panorama documentary
in which it was alleged that several other teams (Liverpool, Chelsea and Newcastle) had attempted
to "tap up" the Boro youngster in an attempt to lure him away from The Riverside.
Adam Johnson has completed his move to Manchester City today for an undisclosed fee as Boro were
one of the busier teams on transfer deadline day. Johnson picks up the number 11 shirt, vacated by
Robinho, and will once again attempt to cement himself in a Premier League first eleven.
Johnson has been in great goalscoring form for Boro this season, but criticism over his
performances at the Riverside stadium have led to doubts over whether he is ready to play at a
The arrival of the transfer deadline has led to a whole range of rumours springing up all over
the internet, TV and Radio, some with more substance than others.
The major story doing the rounds concerns Adam Johnson and a proposed move to Premier League big
spenders Manchester City.
Scotland international defender Stephen McManus goes straight into Boro's squad to play Bristol
City today after the Celtic defender agreed on a loan move to the end of June.
Boro Manager Gordon Strachan said:
We're delighted to have Stephen join us. He has achieved a lot in his career, winning trophies,
playing in the Champions League and captaining club and country.
Middlesbrough cruised past Doncaster last night courtesy of two fantastic Adam Johnson strikes,
a first senior goal for Jonathan Franks and a Leroy Lita goal.
Boro began the game well but had to wait until the half hour mark to make a deserved
breakthrough, a moment of magic from Adam Johnson as he stode toward goal and unleashed a left foot
drive into the top corner.
Middlesbrough have had three players included in The Football League's team of the week
following the 1-1 draw with Swansea at the Riverside.
Obviously you have to take into account the reduced Football League programme due to the FA Cup,
a point strengthened when you see that 6 of the 11 players included were involved in the Boro v
Middlesbrough rescued a point at the Riverside courtesy of a fluke goal from new signing Willo
Flood. Missing a plethora of first team players boro began brightly enough but Leroy Lita wasted a
number of early chances, though some credit must go to Swans keeper De Vries for keeping the first
Mark Yeates could soon be heading through the Middlesbrough exit door on his way to Sheffield as
he enters talks with Sheff Utd over a proposed move, rumoured to be worth around £500,000.
Yeates who arrived at Boro in the pre-season for an undisclosed fee from Colchester has
struggled to cement a place in the Boro first team and, since Strachan arrived, has seemingly
fallen completely out of favour.
Middlesbrough completed the signings of Celtic trio Barry Robson, Willo Flood and Chris Killen
yesterday. Scotland international Robson makes the move to the Riverside for an undisclosed fee,
while Flood and Killen both join on free transfers.
The three players have all played for Boro boss Gordon Strachan previously so he obviously knows
plenty about them, but Boro fans may not know quite as much.
So the missing Egyptian midfielder Mohammed Shawky resurfaced just long enough to put to paper
on a transfer to Turkish side Kayserispor. Shawky had not made a single appearance for Boro this
season, under either manager, sitting on the bench for the FA Cup defeat to Man City was the
closest he came.
It is being strongly rumoured that Celtic's Scottish International defender Gary Caldwell is
about to join Wigan, despite agreeing terms with Middlesbrough.
Caldwell underwent a medical on Monday and had agreed a three-and-half-year deal to join Boro,
however, the former Newcastle defender now looks set to have opted for a move to Wigan instead.