Loan Watch – Braithwaite struggles, Tavernier’s potential acknowledged

Loan Round-Up:

Braithwaite’s Bordeaux battle…

Martin Braithwaite started for Bordeaux against Nice but was subbed off on the hour mark in the 0-0 draw.

The Dane struggled being played as a centre-forward before he was taken off, taking two shots (both on target), winning just one aerial and being dispossessed once. His 58% passing accuracy was the second worst in the game.

Having trawled through Twitter to gauge an indication of what Bordeaux fans thought of Braithwaite’s display, it wasn’t exactly positive.

One fan said the 26-year-old was ‘technically weak‘ with another one stating he’s still not convinced on the former Toulouse forward.

Other comments, that can be seen here, make for quite an interesting read, including one saying Braithwaite is ‘the new Moussa Maazou’, who spent a loan spell at Bordeaux and scored just a solitary goal in 16 appearances.

Tavernier named as one to watch…

Marcus Tavernier didn’t actually play again this week. He missed games against Rochdale and Fleetwood Town as MK Dons drew both.

But the 18-year-old Boro academy graduate was named among La Gazzetta dello Sport’s 98 best youngsters born from 1998 onwards.

The Italian paper published the list earlier this week which includes names such as Kylian Mbappe, Christian Pulisic and Gianluigi Donnarumma. Tavernier ranks 76th – not bad going!

And the rest…

Joe Fryer was on the bench as Stevenage fell to a 2-0 defeat against fourth placed Notts County on Saturday. Local paper The Comet published a piece on current ‘Boro number one Tom King – and it appears the Millwall loanee’s performances have made it increasingly difficult for Fryer to come back into the fold.

Nathan McGinley started and played the full 90 minutes in Wycombe’s 4-2 defeat against Morecambe.

Lewis Wing got another full game under his belt in Yeovil’s 1-0 defeat to Carlisle this weekend. The 22-year-old has now completed 90 minutes in five consecutive matches.

George Miller and Connor Ripley both played 90 minutes in Bury’s televised defeat Blackburn on Monday night. The pair then played the following game too – a 2-1 win at home to Gillingham. Miller was subbed off in the 88th minute.

Callum Cooke, who missed last weekend’s game against Charlton, was absent again this week with a heel problem.

Julien de Sart wasn’t named in Zulte Waregem’s squad for their derby game against local rivals Kortrijk.

Ashley Fletcher missed the Tees-Wear derby for obvious reasons. That being, the terms in his loan deal state he isn’t allowed play against his parent club, Boro.

Aynsley Pears was between the sticks for Darlington, who picked up three points against Kidderminster thanks to an injury-time Stephen Thompson winner.

Alex Pattison started for York against Alfreton Town after shaking off a knock that forced him off early on against Curzon Ashton last week. He won the free kick which led to York’s only goal of the game in the 1-1 draw.

Middlesbrough Minutes:

  • Fryer – Left on the bench vs. Notts County
  • Cooke – Missed out through injury vs. Portsmouth
  • de Sart – Left out of squad vs. Kortrijk
  • McGinley – Played 90 minutes vs. Morecambe
  • Wing – Played 90 minutes vs. Carlisle
  • Ripley – Played 90 minutes vs. Blackburn and Gillingham
  • Miller – Played 90 minutes vs. Blackburn and 88 minutes vs. Gillingham
  • Tavernier – Missed out through injury vs. Rochdale and Fleetwood
  • Pears – Played 90 minutes vs. Kidderminster
  • Fletcher – Missed out vs. parent club Boro
  • Braithwaite – Played 30 minutes vs. Nice

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