Yanic Wildschut explains his lack of appearances for Middlesbrough

Wildschut believes the competition in the forward positions is the reason for his lack of Middlesbrough appearances.

Speaking to Voetbal International in the Netherlands, 23-year-old Wildschut explained that squad competition is the reason for his lack of appearances.

The young winger said: “The competition is just very great, for the wing positions I must fight it out with four others. I mean, last season at Heerenveen and ADO I was not a key player. Yet [Aitor] Karanka has confidence in me.”

The former Dutch youth international has managed just 13 appearances for Karanka’s men this term, featuring in 11 Championship games, but only starting three.

He is unfortunate to be playing in a team who are fighting for promotion to the Premier League, with just two games left and it all to play for, as chances have been few and far between for him.

He has had to vie with Championship Player of the Year Patrick Bamford, Albert Adomah and Lee Tomlin for the attacking midfield positions, whilst even Jelle Vossen has played in a deeper role than his usual striking position whilst Wildschut remained on the bench.

Yet, as a young player, he was not expected to make a name for himself at the Riverside this season, and he should not be judged until given a full campaign as a key part of Karanka’s squad.

With Premier League football still in their reach, Boro will be hoping for promotion, although it is hard to see how Wildschut will be able to break into the first-team in the first division if he has yet to prove himself in the Championship.

He will need to impress heavily in pre-season if he is to dislodge the current choices in the wide positions, and he will be hoping that Bamford returns to Chelsea so as to free up an available spot in the starting XI.

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