Could Boro's winger be shown the door because of his "attitude" problem?

Middlesbrough Riverside Stadium gates

Middlesbrough's winger Mustapha Carayol future his in threat after his manager, Aitor Karanka, stated he was dropped against Leeds United due to an "attitude" problem.

The Gambian born winger has upset Karanka:

"He wasn't injured, I didn't like his attitude. I prefer to talk about the players who were in the game," he explained. 

The former Torquay United and Bristol Rovers man recently criticised his team mates by accusing them of "thinking they were better than they are".

Carayol had a bright start to life at the Riverside, where he was affectionately known as 'Muzzy' by the Boro faithful. However, he has suffered with injuries since and with former Boss Tony Mowbray's departure the wide man has appeared to have become disillusioned with life in the North East.

Since the turn of the year though, Carayol, has been in good form for Boro. The 5ft 10in versatile winger, who has featured up front in the past, attracted a lot of attention in the January transfer window from the likes of Nottingham Forest. So Karanka's decision to drop Carayol was even more surprising. 

The former Real Madrid defender, Karanka, told the press after his side's defeat to Watford;

"I was very disappointed with the attitude of some players in the Watford game.

"I was not happy (against Watford) because we didn't win, but I was happy with the attitude of all the players on the pitch. If we play in this way then the wins will arrive.

"The team was good. I don't want to say that we deserved to win, but we played well. More important than whether we played well or bad, though, is the fact that the attitude is right."

And then to leave out Carayol from the 0-0 draw against Leeds United last draw could be the last straw for the 25-year-old under the recently appointed Middlesbrough boss. 

Karanka, did send the winger a rather stern lifeline; "If he trains well this week he has a chance to play," he warned.

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