Middlesbrough’s draw with Leeds United at The Riverside on Saturday afternoon brought about mixed reactions from Boro fans.
Many Middlesbrough supporters thought the performance was good enough to warrant a win, whereas others were disappointed with the result given the time and nature of Kalvin Phillips equaliser, coming in the 101st minute.
Boro dominated the first-half, and took advantage early in the second, with Lewis Wing’s goal putting the hosts ahead.
New signing John Obi Mikel made his home debut in the league at the weekend, and was named man of the match on the day. The former-Nigerian captain, alongside Wing, were two of the standout performers of the afternoon, and Mikel had high praise for his fellow-midfielder.
Speaking to The Northern Echo, the Premier League winner said:
“He looks to me a very good player. I don’t know how old he is but if he keeps going like this he will be a top, top player.
“When I watch him play and when I watch him in training, I see he is a good player. He got a good goal.”
Wing has emerged as a fan favourite since breaking into the team in pre-season. He made his debut under previous manager Garry Monk, playing in the League Cup against Scunthorpe in a 3-0 win.
His loan move to League Two side Yeovil Town was his making, impressing at Huish Park in his short spell at the club.
His first league start for Boro came in the game against high-flying Sheffield United at The Riverside, with Wing providing two assists in the 3-0 win.