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Mowbray demands achievement

23 August 2012

Middlesbrough boss Tony Mowbray has challenged his summer signings to make a name for themselves on Teesside.

The Boro manager has had to rebuild his squad on a tight budget, but he is confident that the likes of Muzzy Carayol, Emmanuel Ledesma and George Friend can make their mark alongside the more established Jonathan Woodgate, Stuart Parnaby and Grant Leadbitter.

"We've generally filled the holes in the squad, but we haven't filled them with big names like Ravanelli, Juninho, Merson and Gascoigne," he told the club's official website.

"We've filled them with a young boy from Bristol Rovers, one from Walsall and one from Doncaster, and yet they're our choices and we like them.

"I would like to have signed Robin van Persie and stuck him up front. Yet with the likes of Grant Leadbitter, we've probably got a player with real value for nothing.

"I would hope we can put a lot greater value into the younger players we've signed from the lower leagues, firstly by their talent and secondly by the experience they'll gain playing in this division and doing well."

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