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Friend not surprised by Traore display

Traore was outstanding as Boro deservedly claimed a goalless draw at Arsenal on Saturday but Friend was not shocked by his display as it's the sort of show he puts on throughout the week in training.

The 20-year-old former Barcelona youngster is clearly a big talent and Boro will hope his pace continues to cause teams problems in the Premier League - just like it does to Friend at Rockliffe Park.

He said in the Northern Echo: "I've had to deal with that every day in training and now it's nice that other people are having to.

"I'm delighted for him because he's only a young lad and he's really done himself proud.

"When you've got dangerous players in your team on the counter attack, like Alvaro Negredo, Gaston Ramirez and Adama, they can cause problems - and they did."

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