Marvin Emnes arrived in England in the summer of 2008, with a hefty price tag and lofty praise from his new manager, Gareth Southgate, who referred to his capture as an “exciting young player” capable of playing in a variety of attacking positions, and with great “pace, energy and technical skills.”
Despite his grand £3.2 million price-tag, Emnes flattered to deceive in his early days for Southgate’s side, only making 54 appearances in his first three seasons at the club, but a few years on and it seems that Emnes was yet another player of which we all expected too much, too soon. After all, Middlesbrough’s talismanic attacker is still only 23 years of age.
Tony Mowbray’s Middlesbrough side have thus far been the major shock of the Championship season, with a young and thinning squad hurtling up the league places at a startling rate. Aside from notable performances from the usual raft of North-East youngsters produced from Boro’s excellent academy and wonderfully guided by such experienced heads as Dave Parnaby, Marvin Emnes has been the shining light on the Riverside.
Emnes has been attracting interest from all over the country following a successful loan spell with Swansea City last season, Wolverhampton Wanderers recently checking up on the attacker’s progress, and Swansea themselves repeatedly indicating their desperation to take the Dutchman to the Liberty Stadium.
Emnes’ slow start at Middlesbrough only serves to highlight the na