Middlesbrough wary of Swansea striker Michu

Boro take on Swans in the Capital One Cup tonight

Middlesbrough boss Tony Mowbray has warned his players to beware the Barclays Premier League's biggest bargain as they attempt to reach the semi-finals of the Capital One Cup.

The npower Championship side travel to Swansea in the last eight this evening hoping for a repeat of their victory over top-flight opposition in the last round at neighbours Sunderland.

However, if they are to achieve that, they may have to find a way to stop striker Michu, who has made a blistering start to his career in England.

The 26-year-old Spaniard, a £2million summer signing from Rayo Vallecano, currently leads the top division for goals scored having plundered 12 already, and that makes him a major threat to Mowbray's men.

The former central defender said: "He plays in that 'ghost' position behind a striker, and who's marking him?

"He can drift into areas and he's got a fabulous intuition to get into goalscoring areas unnoticed.

"He's a big physical presence, so he can jump over the top of people, he is obviously very clinical with his finishing.

"For £2million, you would have to say he has been just about the buy of the season.

"We will get a feel of him tomorrow - I am sure he will be playing and we will feel ourselves the threat he poses."

Home advantage and loftier status will guarantee that the Swans run out as firm favourites to progress, but while Mowbray freely admits promotion to the Premier League is the Teessiders' overwhelming priority for the season, he insists they will do all they can to reach the last four of a competition they won in 2004.

The Boro boss is confident he too has firepower at his disposal in the shape of Scott McDonald, Lukas Jutkiewicz, Marvin Emnes, Emmanuel Ledesma and Ishmael Miller.

However, with a vital league clash with Wolves to come on Saturday, he has warned his hitmen that some of them will be kept in reserve.

Mowbray said: "If any one of our strikers doesn't play, there's a fair chance he is going to play on Saturday.

"I'm using it to say, 'If you want to be angry, be angry. If it's a fatigue thing, save your legs and get ready for Saturday'.

"I will tell them two days in advance that they are playing on Saturday - I might even tell them today that they are playing on Saturday just to make sure they are ready and they understand that they are not dropped, they are not being left out because they were poor.

"Everybody is required to play and you are just utilising your squad, particularly in our forward area.

"If you have got five or six players who you know can do the job, you can pick players to win matches and pick combinations against different types of defenders.

"As long as they understand that and don't think you are giving them manager-spiel, then I think it works fine.

"Generally this season, more often that not, it's been okay. We have scored a lot of goals and generally won games."

PA

VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition iPad app?
Arts & Entertainment
tvCreator Vince Gilligan sheds light on alternate endings
News
people
Life & Style
The new low cost smartphone of Motorola, 'Motorola Moto G', is displayed in Sao Paulo, Brazil on November 13, 2013. The smartphone, with dimensions 65.9mm W x 129.9mm H x 6.0 - 11.6mm D is equipped with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 with quad-core 1,2 GHz CPU, a 4.5-inch display and Android Operating System 4.3 and a suggested price of $ 179 USD.
techData assessing smartphones has revealed tens of millions of phones are at risk of being harvested
Arts & Entertainment
Jessica Pare as Megan Draper and Jon Hamm as the troubled, melancholy Don Draper
tvAnd six other questions we hope Mad Men series seven will answer
Arts & Entertainment
Cody and Paul Walker pictured in 2003.
film
News
David Beckham is planning to build a stadium in Miami’s port for a new football team he will own
news... in his fight for a football stadium in Miami's port area
News
weird newsMan live-photographs cracking of mysterious locked box on Reddit
News
weird news
Arts & Entertainment
Seeing red: James Dean with Sal Mineo in 'Rebel without a Cause'
filmAs 'Rebel without a Cause' is re-released, Geoffrey Macnab reveals how its star James Dean perfected his moody act
News
Obesity surgery in rats has been found to change the way the body processes alcohol
news
Arts & Entertainment
Heads up: Andy Scott's The Kelpies in Falkirk
artThe Kelpies are the latest addition to a growing army of giant sculptures. But naysayers are asking what a pair of gigantic horse heads tells us about Falkirk?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Day In a Page

Homelessness: Why is the supported lodgings lifeline under threat?

Why is the supported lodgings lifeline under threat?

Zubairi Sentongo swapped poverty in Uganda for homelessness in Britain. But a YMCA scheme connected him with a couple offering warmth and shelter
A History of the First World War in 100 Moments: When the world’s biggest shed took over Regent’s Park

A History of the First World War in 100 Moments

When the world’s biggest shed took over Regent’s Park
The pain of IVF

The pain of IVF

As an Italian woman vows to keep the babies from someone else’s eggs, Julian Baggini ponders how the reality of childbirth is often messier than the natural ideal
Supersize art

Is big better? Britain's latest super-sized art

The Kelpies are the latest addition to a growing army of giant sculptures. But naysayers are asking what a pair of gigantic horse heads tells us about Falkirk?
James Dean: Back on the big screen

James Dean: Back on the big screen

As 'Rebel without a Cause' is re-released, Geoffrey Macnab reveals how its star perfected his moody act
Catch-22: How the cult classic was adapted for the stage

How a cult classic was adapted for the stage

More than half a century after it was published 'Catch-22' will make its British stage debut next week
10 best activity books for children

10 best activity books for children

Keep little ones busy this bank holiday with one of these creative, educational and fun books
Arsenal 3 West Ham United 1: Five things we learnt from the battle between the London sides

Five things we learnt from Arsenal's win over West Ham

Arsenal still in driving seat for Champions League spot and Carroll can make late charge into England’s World Cup squad
Copa del Rey final: Barcelona are paying for their complacency and not even victory over Real Madrid will put things right

Pete Jenson on the Copa del Rey final

Barcelona are paying for their complacency and not even victory over Real Madrid will put things right
Rafa to reign? Ten issues clay courts will serve up this season

Rafa to reign? Ten issues clay courts will serve up this season

With the tennis circus now rolling on to the slowest surface, Paul Newman highlights who'll be making the headlines – and why
Exclusive: NHS faces financial disaster in 2015 as politicians urged to find radical solution

NHS faces financial disaster in 2015

Politicians urged to find radical solution
Ukraine crisis: How spontaneous are the pro-Russian protests breaking out in Ukraine’s east?

Ukraine crisis

How spontaneous are the pro-Russian protests breaking out in Ukraine’s east?
A History of the First World War in 100 moments: The first execution at the Tower of London for 167 years

The first execution at the Tower of London for 167 years

A history of the First World War in 100 moments
Fires could turn Amazon rainforest into a desert as human activity and climate change threaten ‘lungs of the world’, says study

New threat to the Amazon rainforest:

Fires that scorch the ‘lungs of the Earth’
Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester City: And the winner of this season’s Premier League title will be...

Who’s in box seat now? The winner of the title will be ...

Who is in best shape to take the Premier League prize?