Aitor Karanka has admitted to the Northern Echo that he is struggling to pick a Middlesbrough side to face Leeds United at the weekend.
Boro host Leeds having won their last six matches in all competitions, and the good form of numerous players in his squad has given the Spanish manager much to ponder.
Karanka admits that a number of his fringe players have staked their claim for a starting place on Sunday, through their performances in a 3-0 win against Wolverhampton Wanderers last night, and he has much to consider ahead of the weekend.
“We changed a lot of players from Saturday’s game and they wanted to impress,” he said. “I told the players at half-time that I wanted to have a headache ahead of Sunday picking the starting XI.
“They were making it easy for me in the first half, but the second half was different. We were much better in the second half, and now I have that headache in terms of picking the team to play Leeds."
Two players that Karanka may be without at the weekend are Christian Stuani and Daniel Ayala, according to the Gazette.
Stuani and Ayala have both made impressive starts to the season, but they face a race against time to be fit for Sunday's match against Leeds.
Despite Boro's fine form, their meeting with Leeds is far from a foregone conclusion, as the Whites have proven tough to beat so far this campaign.
Leeds have lost just once in the league under the guidance of Uwe Rosler, and they travel to the Riverside looking to show their resilience once again.