Aitor Karanka: On his day Alvaro Negredo is as good as Romelu Lukaku

Boss Aitor Karanka warned his fellow Spaniard when he joined Middlesbrough on a season-long loan from Valencia, there would be times this season, he’d be fed starvation rations.

The former Manchester City hitman was a tamed Beast on arriving at the club, a pale imitation of the rampaging striker who terrorised defences early on in his career at the Etihad Stadium.

A miserable, goal-shy campaign in Spain left him drained of self-belief.

But even though he hasn’t scored for Boro since the opening day of the season, Karanka reckons he’s back in the groove again.

And while the focus will be on Everton’s midweek hat-trick hero at Goodison Park tonight, he believes Negrego can prove just as big a threat at Romelu Lukaku.


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