Rajiv van La Parra on choosing Boro over Leeds & his goals for the season

Rajiv van La Parra is eager to ‘fight for a prize’ again after falling out of favour at Huddersfield.

The Dutch winger, half-brother of Liverpool’s Gini Wijnaldum found himself out of Huddersfield’s plans for this season.

Terriers head coach David Wagner did not see him as a fit in the Premier League, restricting him to just five appaerances – but Boro’s new loanee is keen to knuckle down and play again.

“I would like to be on the field again every week. Play minutes. I think that’s the most important thing now,” he told ELF Voetbal.

“The reason for me (leaving) is a big question mark. It really came as a surprise.

“The trainer makes the decisions. As a player, you respect those choices. I then neatly indicated that I wanted to be loaned to a club where I could go for minutes.

“Then everything went fast. Middlesbrough and Leeds United immediately reported to my agent.”

van La Parra joined Boro over Leeds

“Middlesbrough was something more concrete than Leeds. They did everything to get me in. I immediately got a good feeling about it.

“I also wanted to stay in England. I did not hear anything from the Premier League. But I actually like to fight for the prizes again.”

The goal for the season is simple: “Returning in the Premier League,” he said.

Boro are well equipped, sitting within the Championshp’s play-off places, but there is no doubt around the club that they need an injection of pace and width – something can La Parra possesses in abundance.

And he hopes what can can bring to the table will excite the Middlesbrough faithful.

“The club is large, lives in the city and has many fanatical fans. I know that now,” he laughed. “I hope to make them happy.

van La Parra is aiming for promotion with Boro

van La Parra will need to get acquainted with his new teammates, but bonding shouldn’t be an issue for the wide man.

Danny Batth and George Saville have already played with van La Parra at Wolves, with the latter delivering a glowing report on the winger earlier this week.

“I was with Rajiv at Wolves, he’s very dynamic and very fast,” said Saville.

“Put a bit of confidence in him and on his day he’s unstoppable. Hopefully he can have a big impact, show confidence and his quality and provide an attacking threat for us.”

van La Parra is eligible to face Peterborough in the FA Cup tomorrow (Saturday, 3pm) and was put through his paces at Rockliffe for the first time on Thursday as he looks to settle into life on Teesside.

“Yesterday I participated in training for the first time. Previously not allowed, because there was a risk that I would get injured and Huddersfield Town then did not give permission.”

The 27-year-old will be staying in Shipley for now, as Boro finalise a place for him to stay closer to the club.

“It’s an hour and twenty minutes to Middlesbrough. Unfortunately not via a highway. The club is busy arranging an apartment for me in the city. If I am tired or we have a late game, I can stay there.”

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