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Aitor Karanka backs Adam Reach to be key figure for Middlesbrough

Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka says that Adam Reach can be a important part of the team this season.

Middlesbrough head coach Aitor Karanka has claimed that Adam Reach can go on to be a pivotal figure in the team this season.

The midfielder scored his first goal of the campaign as Boro beat Sheffield Wednesday 3-1 on Saturday.

Karanka has said that the 22-year-old, who came through the ranks at the Riverside Stadium, is improving all the time.

"I know Reachy, his [statistics] last season were good. Maybe he could have scored more goals but he's a player who is 22 years old," Karanka told Gazette Live.

"Last season he played with us for more than 35 games, so that means he's a good player and now he's maturing.

"When you're a good player who is confident and becoming more mature, it's a good thing. It's important for him and for the team."

Reach has made four appearances in all competitions this season.

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