Boro are in a relegation battle, but Valdes has arguably been their stand out player this campaign.

Middlesbrough’s Victor Valdes saves from Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez

After yet another immense display in Middlesbrough’s 0-0 Premier League draw with Everton, it’s fast become clear that if Boro are to survive, they’ll need to keep Victor Valdes fit and keep playing well.

The former Barcelona man single-handedly secured the newly promoted side a point with two superb stops from Everton’s Ademola Lookman, while also brilliantly denying the lethal Romelu Lukaku with his legs.

It’s not the first time Valdes has stood out for Boro this season, with similarly brilliant displays coming against Swansea City, Watford, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur.

While Aitor Karanka’s side sit just two points above the drop, they’ve only conceded 27 goals – the joint third best defensive record in the league, of which Valdes has played a huge role in.

Middlesbrough’s Victor Valdes celebrates their second goal

Boro’s problems lie in front of goal, having failed to score in a whopping 11 top flight matches this season. Indeed, Middlesbrough are the league’s lowest goalscorers, with just 19 goals scored in 25 games, putting immense pressure on the defence to do their duties.

Valdes alone can’t keep Boro up, but if they can find a way of nicking that first goal in matches, opposing teams will find it very difficult to break through the 35-year-old’s defensive resolve. 

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