New arrival Harold Moukoudi has been impressed with everything he has seen at Boro, and says he can’t wait to get started in the Sky Bet Championship.
The defender joined on loan in a Deadline Day move from Ligue Un side Saint Etienne, and linked up with his new teammates at Rockliffe Park to begin training this week.
In a sit-down interview with mfc.co.uk, the Cameroon international outlined his reasons for joining Boro.
“I am so happy. It’s a great club,” he said.
“In France, you know Middlesbrough.
“I played here in pre-season, and I saw a good team, good players and a younger group. For me, I think that’s the best. I want to help the team progress because I am a young player myself.
“I had a lot of clubs in this window but I chose Middlesbrough.
“I am impressed by the stadium. In France, the second league haven’t got stadiums like this, and the feeling when I played here was special.”
The 22-year-old has been equally pleased with what he has seen at Rockliffe Park so far.
“The group is good, and my first training has been very good as well,” he said.
“There are good young players here. The intensity and technical play, for a Championship team it is very good.
“It’s good for my progression to be here. I will try to be cool and aggressive, learn the tactics and the mentality of the group, and communicate with the other defenders. I will have to learn the language - I need my best English!”
Moukoudi believes his stature and play style is suited to the English game.
“I am ready for the challenge,” he said.
“It’s a new style of football for me, but I think I can play like English football.
“I want to learn with my other defenders and with the coach, he played in the same position as me, and I think he will be good for my progression.
“I am physical, but I try to play with my feet, so I am not just a physical guy.
“My qualities are defensive, tackling, but I can score too. I scored six [at previous club Le Havre] and if I can help the team in any way I will.”
Having played fairly regularly for Saint Etienne, including in Europe, having only joined Les Verts in the summer, the move signifies Moukoudi’s desire to get game time and develop.
“For me it’s difficult to play one week, and not play the next week,” he said.
“I want to play every week here and I will work hard to do that.
“There are 24 teams in this league, in France there are just 20, so there are more matches to look forward to.”
Harold Moukoudi will wear the no.18 shirt this season.