MUSTAPHA Carayol will excite the Middlesbrough supporters, insists boss Tony Mowbray.
The Gambian winger, signed from Bristol Rovers in the summer, was the star of the show in Tuesday’s 2-0 League Cup win at Gillingham, opening the scoring with a cool, first-half finish.
Mowbray said of the 23-year-old: “He excites me.
“I went to watch him at the end of last season and I left at half-time with his name stuck firmly in my back pocket – he was going to be signed.
“There will be nights when it does not come off for him. But on Tuesday he was scintillating, running with the ball past people, creating chances and he scored a wonderful goal.”
Carayol is now in line to start at Millwall tomorrow (12.45pm) when Boro bid for a third Championship win on the spin.
Meanwhile, skipper Rhys Williams will be out for the rest of the year after injuring ankle ligaments at Gillingham.
Mowbray explained: “He’s had scans and he’s damaged his ankle ligaments, which is what we suspected.
“He will now see a specialist to decide if he needs an operation or not, but it’s still going to be a considerable time out.
“It’s a blow to both Rhys and to the club. We were going to depend on his quality and athleticism this year.”
Mowbray has acted swiftly to cover the absence of Williams, and fellow injured defender Jonathan Woodgate, by bringing in former Burnley centre-half Andre Amougou on trial.