Back on the 26th on January, Aitor Karanka’s Middlesbrough snapped up Gaston Ramirez for the remainder of the 2015/16 season on a loan deal. But just three months later, it seems that Boro fans have found themselves a new poster boy. After just 10 appearances, Ramirez has found the back of the net six times, carved 21 opportunities for his teammates and is once again, enjoying his football. We spoke with EverythingMFC to find out more about Ramirez’s sensational run of form.
When Middlesbrough announced the signing of Gaston Ramirez, what were you initially expecting?
I was expecting a player with an abundance of attacking quality, a player that would make the no.10 position his own
Having now been given a number of games to assess his ability, how have Boro fans taken to Ramirez?
He’s gained a lot of admirers in the stands, people love him. He went off in his last game to a standing ovation, and richly deserved too!
What has been his standout quality in England’s second division?
His technical ability, it really does make him a joy to watch. I think his off the ball work has been admirable too; his first goal against Huddersfield epitomised that, straight from kick off he was pressing, intercepted a pass and went on to score.
Is he a cut above the rest in the Championship?
Definitely, he’s different class. I felt sorry for the Huddersfield players in our last game, they didn’t know what to do with themselves!
During his time in the Premier League, Gaston struggled with the physicality of the division and appeared to lack confidence, is that still the case?
The Championship is known for being a very physical league and he has thrived in it, so I wouldn’t say it’s been a problem for him. He definitely doesn’t lack confidence either, he looks like he’s thoroughly enjoying his football here and it’s definitely reflecting on his performances
If any, what are your worries or concerns with the Uruguayan playmaker?
That inconsistency could creep in. It has been a familiar story with our previous no.10s where they hit a purple patch and then go missing for the next handful of games, but hopefully Gaston is an exception.
Do you think that Southampton could live to regret allowing Ramirez to head out on loan?
Possibly, he has been a revelation for us in attack, but he is playing under a manager who believes in him and appears to be getting the best out of him, whereas at Southampton it seems like he wasn’t in the plans of Ronald Koeman to start with
And last of all – If Boro were to be promoted – has Ramirez shown enough quality to suggest that he can finally establish himself as a Premier League player?
Yes, as long as he’s under a manager like Aitor Karanka who allows him the freedom to express himself on the football pitch