Boro star lauds Mikel 

Middlesbrough new signing, John Obi Mikel, has earned plenty of plaudits since arriving at the Riverside last month.

Boro centre-back Dael Fry was full of praise for his new team-mate following Saturday’s 2-0 victory over QPR, saying “it’s a bit surreal” playing alongside the ex-Chelsea midfielder.

Rangers boss Steve McClaren also spoke highly about the Nigerian international despite his side’s defeat on Teesside.

“This is a huge club with great potential and they want to get promoted, Tony Pulis knows how to do that and Mikel can make a difference,” said McClaren.

“Mikel has been an excellent signing. You always have that one player in centre-midfield, who gives you stability and control, and they have a Champions League winner in there, one of the best. “He dominates the ball. Every team needs a Mikel. I have been impressed with him and has given them an edge. For me, Mikel has changed the season.”