Premier League targeted winger wants to play 'really good' teams every week

Middlesbrough’s Adam Reach is looking for promotion to the Premier League following an intense League Cup defeat at Liverpool.

The 21-year-old winger has been one of Boro’s standout performers at this early stage of the season, featuring in all eight Championship games so far - starting six.

He has registered one assist this season, and successfully opened his goalscoring account with a well-placed header past Simon Mignolet at Anfield - levelling Tuesday’s League Cup tie 1-1 in the second half.

Despite eventually losing the game in a record setting 14-13 penalty shoot-out, Reach impressed against the Premier League opposition, also netting both his spot-kicks, further impressing scouts who have been tracking his progress in recent weeks.

Having played a key part in Boro securing a respectable defeat in the game, the England youth international told that it proves Boro would be able to cope in the top flight - with promotion a real possibility this season.

He said: “It was a fantastic night and I think everyone involved with the club will remember it for a long time.

“Unfortunately the end result wasn’t in our favour, but I think we can take a lot of positives from the game.

“We can be proud to have come back from 2-1 down and the way we handled ourselves throughout the game and in the penalty shoot-out.

“Although it might not have been a full-strength Liverpool side, it was a really good team and our ultimate aim is to get promoted to the Premier League and host teams like this on a weekly basis – it was a good test and I think we passed it.”

Having netted his first goal of the season at Anfield, Reach wants to build on it, achieving promotion, and repeating the feat next season.

“Scoring was fantastic and it will stay with me forever,” he added.

“First goal of the season and it’s not a bad place to get it, but like I said hopefully next season I can come to places like this and add more goals.

“I don’t think we can take any negatives from the game apart from obviously losing the shoot-out but we’ve got Charlton next in the Championship and some tough games.

“We’ll take a lot of confidence from this knowing we can challenge against a top Premier League side but we need to keep our feet on the ground when playing other teams in the Championship.”

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