Former Middlesbrough defender Ugo Ehiogu
Former Middlesbrough and England defender Ugo Ehiogu has been speaking to Boro’s official website about how the club are dealing with life back in the top flight of English football.
Ehiogu, who spent seven years at the Riverside under managers such as Steve McClaren and Gareth Southgate, played well over 100 times for the Boro and therefore knows a thing or two about the Premier League.
The former centre-half, who is currently a youth coach at Tottenham, has used this expertise to analyse how Middlesbrough are getting on under Aitor Karanka as they begin life back at in the top tier.
Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka
“It’s always tough for any team that comes up from the Championship," he told the club's website. "You’re having to adjust to the quality of the Premier League.
“I think Boro have done OK. They’ve always been well-organised at home and have a clean sheet in them, that’s been proven in the Championship.
“I think it’s gone as expected for Boro so far. They’ve competed and haven’t really been taken apart by anyone. I think what will be key will be to see how they recover from a set-back.”
Middlesbrough lie 17th in the Premier League with only goal difference separating them from the relegation zone and the form does not suggest they can be particularly confident going forward.
Middlesbrough were beaten 2-1 by Watford at the Riverside at the weekend
Having won just once in all competitions this season, a 2-1 victory over bottom side Sunderland at the Stadium of Light, Boro now face the Premier League’s form team, Arsenal, at the Emirates at the weekend.
The Teessiders have not beaten the Gunners at home for 12 years.
Ugo Ehiogu (right) in action for Aston Villa against Arsenal