Boro chief happy with new boy's progress

Boro chief happy with new boy's progress

Aitor Karanka has been impressed with summer buy Viktor Fischer and hinted he may get more games in a central role for Middlesbrough.

The 22-year-old Denmark international was one of the Boro boss' first signings of the transfer window after the side were promoted from the Championship in May.

Fischer cost around five million euros and joined on a four-year contract from Dutch giants Ajax, but he has struggled for regular first-team football in the Premier League so far this term.

He has made two starts, with one being out on the left wing against Crystal Palace and then in a central role in place of Gaston Ramirez in the 1-1 draw at West Ham last weekend.

Fischer claims he does not mind where he plays but he has enjoyed his best displays in a 10 role just behind the main striker for his country.

And Karanka claims there is every chance that he could get another start in that spot when Watford visit the Riverside Stadium on Sunday week.

He told the Gazette: "Viktor Fischer sometimes plays as a striker, and sometimes plays as a No.10. He can play in both positions.

"[At West Ham] I told him that he had to help Jordan [Rhodes] when we had to recover the ball - and when we have the ball I have to trust him because he's a quality player.

"He needs time to settle in, because it is not easy coming from other leagues. I've been impressed with him because the Premier League is a really tough league."