Leicester City 2-2 Middlesbrough: Boro player ratings in hard-fought draw

Alvaro Negredo broke his drought as Boro drew with the champions.

Leicester City 2-2 Middlesbrough: Boro player ratings in hard-fought draw
Alvaro Negredo celebrates scoring the first of two goals today | Photo: GettyImages/Plumb Images.

Middlesbrough were within seconds of claiming a hard fought vitory at the King Power Stadium, but a late penalty from Islam Slimani made it feel more like two points lost for 'Boro.

It was, however, a good performance from Middlesbrough as they looked to keep up their record of only losing once on the road this season.

Player Ratings

Victor Valdes - 7
The Spanish stopper was not called into action as much this game, but still commanded his area better than he was at the start of his Boro career.

Antonio Barragan - 6.5
Barragan was always willing to support Traore down the right flank, but a couple of foul throws was poor and some defensive errors may have been capitalised on in other matches.

Calum Chambers - 7
Chambers was penalised for the first of Leicester's s two penalties as the ball struck his arm. Despite this, Chambers had a solid match against two different attackers in Vardy and then Slimani.

Ben Gibson - 7
Yet another cultured performance from Gibson who captained Middlesbrough again today. The boro-born defender looks at home in the Premier League and didn't put a foot wrong against Leicester.

Fabio - 7
The former Cardiff player put in another solid performance in place of the injured George Friend. While Friend offers something more going forward than the Brazillian, Friend may struggle to displace Fabio from the team.

Marten de Roon - 6.5
De Roon had one the better games of his Boro career, but a very silly mistake cost Boro and those two points could be crucial come May 2017. The dutchman brought down Wes Morgan in the box which gifted the foxes a point.

Islam Slimani converts to level the scores at the home of the champions | Photo: Getty Images/Alex Morton
Islam Slimani converts to level the scores at the home of the champions | Photo: Getty Images/Alex Morton

Adam Forshaw - 7.5
Just like Gibson, Forshaw has really found his feet in England's top divison. He can pick a pass and also keeps a calm head when in danger.

Adam Clayton - 7.5
Clayton looks to be back to his best this season, and today was another example of that. He snuffed out the danger when the foxes came forward and looked to start attacks when he could.

Adama Traore - 7
Boro fans know what they're getting with Traore now. He is very dangerous up against the defender, but his decision making and final ball need to improve. He is still only young, though and this will come with time.

Man of the Match

Alvaro Negredo - 8
Today was Negredo's best performance in a Middlesbrough shirt. He was able to put himself about and win the ball for his team, but the ex-Manchester City forward was able to put away the chances that came to him today, scoring two very good goals.

Negredo's brace puts him on three goals this season, this first was vs Stoke City | Photo: GettyImages/Alex Morton
Negredo's brace puts him on three goals this season, his first was vs Stoke City | Photo: GettyImages/Alex Morton

Gaston Ramirez - 7.5
The Uruguayan was exemplary today assisting Negredo for his first goal. Ramirez was willing to run at the Leicester defence and also tracked back well, something he didn't do against Chelsea.