Middlesbrough fans call for defender to be dropped for Millwall clash
Middlesbrough take on Millwall at The Den at 3pm today, and many fans have called for Marvin Johnson to be axed from the starting eleven.
The winger has been used as a left-back or left wing-back predominantly since the restart, but has failed to impress.
The Boro Breakdown Podcast has created a favoured line-up for the game on their Twitter page, but many supporters have reacted to their inclusion of Johnson in particular.
Lose Johnson and play with 10 players would be an improvement
— simon priestley (@Northernheat123) July 8, 2020
Johnson has given nothing in a boro shirt and continues to disappoint.
But for me we need 2 up front , the only way we will stay safe is by scoring goals #UTB
— Terry Bywater (@TerryBywater07) July 8, 2020
This supporter preferred to reintroduce Marc Bola to the fold. The 22-year old signed in the summer but was shipped out on loan to Blackpool in January. He has now returned to Teesside and will be eligible to play against Millwall this afternoon.
He is definitely eligible, I feel as though Marvin is a round peg for a square hole and gives too many unnecessary free kicks away. I don’t think he performed poorly before going out on loan either.
Wouldn’t mind seeing Dijksteel as well if Warnock wants to put Djed on the wing
— Ben (@Strickland__Ben) July 8, 2020
This fan again claims Johnson is ‘all over the place’, and would replace him for the visit to The Den today.
Wouldn’t persist with Johnson at the minute, he’s all over the place. Still not sure why Pears is out, his distribution is 1st class. Zombielonger needs a little sit down
— Graeme Lumley (@GraemeL1974) July 8, 2020
Johnson ‘worries’ this fan, and calls for Adam Clayton to be included too.
Johnson worries me! Any room for Clayton it's going to be a battle?
— Clive Bentley (@CliveBentley) July 8, 2020
This supporter plays on the fact Johnson was signed as a winger and suits that position far more than being utilised in defence.
Why are people putting Johnson at fullback he has proved he can’t play there
— Connor Morgan (@Connor94Morgan) July 8, 2020
Middlesbrough sit in 22nd in the Championship standings and could be in trouble come the end of the season unless they pick up results quickly. They are four points off the bottom of the table with five games remaining.
Neil Warnock’s side will be hoping to get some points on the board soon, starting with Millwall later on today, before playing Bristol City at the weekend, followed by Reading, Cardiff City and Sheffield Wednesday on the final day.