Middlesbrough are currently facing a tough battle to survive in the Premier League.
The Boro go into the second half of the season with their Premier League identity set in the balance.
The club is sitting in 16th place just above the relegation zone.
But former Boro defender Dean Gordon believes the club’s survival chances are as good as any of the teams in the bottom half.
He said: “Boro have done well this season.”
“The first season in the Premier League is always going to be hard and defensively, they’ve been strong and don’t concede many goals.
“However, scoring goals was always going to be a problem but up to now they are doing great.”
January is always a pivotal point in the season. Many clubs look for additions to their squad to try and fulfil their end of the season aim.
One of the team’s main pitfalls this season has been the lack of goals.
The Boro have already tried to change this, adding 6’4 ft. striker Rudy Gestede to their attacking options.
But with little goals and experience in the ‘big’ league, many have questioned the signing.
Gordon said: “Gestede for me, isn’t what they needed.”
“He is unproven in the Premier League and hasn’t hit any sort of form in the Championship at Villa.
“He may score two or three, but that won’t be good enough. He’ll need good service.”
For a newly promoted side, many say that Middlesbrough have had a good start to the season.
In recent weeks manager Aitor Karanka has faced pressure by the Boro fans.
Starting line ups and substitution tactics have left many fans frustrated at games.
The former Boro player said: “The second half of the season is tough.”
“Teams are vying for every point, either for the title, top four, Europe or survival. The pressure is on for most.”
“Karanka has got Boro to where they are now and has done well so far.
“The fans need to be patient. The grass isn’t always greener with managerial changes. Boro just need to be better than three other teams come the end of the season.”