Leeds youngster Charlie Taylor pinpoints Middlesbrough danger men

The 22-year-old feels there are two attacking threats his team need to be mindful of.

Leeds United emerged 2-1 winners at MK Dons on Saturday, but the daunting challenge of taking on Middlesbrough this upcoming weekend is already occupying the minds of the players.

Speaking after the game at Stadium MK, where he weighed in with another impressive performance, youngster Charlie Taylor admitted that their Teesside trip will inevitably provide them with a difficult challenge, and particularly so following the recent signings of two men in particular.

"Look at the squad they've got and the money they've spent in the summer," Taylor told LUTV. "With players like Stewart Downing and (David Nugent) they've got real quality, and away at their place it will be very tough."

The attacking pair have impressed for Aitor Karanka's team since signing earlier in the summer, and look to be playing key roles in a squad that is being tipped to win the Championship title.

  PositionGoal AssistGoalsTotal PassTouchesSuccessful Final Third PassesMins Played
David Nugent FW 3 2 126 179 48 374
Stewart Downing MF 1 1 421 538 157 697

Downing cost Middlesbrough a reported £5 million, according to the Daily Mail, in a deal that was considered by many as the standout signing of the summer in England's second tier.

Meanwhile, proven Championship goalscorer Nugent cost the club £4 million, according to the BBC. He has already played a part in the production of five goals since his signing last month.

Largely in part to contributions from the new pair, Aitor Karanka's men currently sit second in the Championship table and boast the joint-best attacking and defensive records in the division.

For the Teessiders, a win over Leeds United at the weekend would make it five consecutive victories in a row in the league, and simultaneously pile the pressure on table toppers Brighton.

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