"That demands full backs
with good timing and good sense of when to arrive.
Steve McClaren has a surfeit of full backs. While Stockdale, who is 23 today, has been out injured, teenager Stuart Parnaby has grabbed his chance of glory.
MIDDLESBROUGH are mulling over offers for home-grown full back Robbie Stockdale.
Also vying for full back berths are Franck Quedrue, Tony Vidmar, David Murphy and Colin Cooper.
Steve Hansen's desire for a trio of full backs
may make tactical sense, but it deprives we romantic sporting scribes of our most flowery metaphors.
JUST for the record, I make no apologies for criticising Alan Cork and the Cardiff City full backs. My comments copped a bit of flak, but were reasoned and constructive.
New full backs would give the side a new dimension.
Weston is never a full back, while Simpkins doesn't get forward enough and has struggled with his passing.
However, deploying centre halves as full backs obviously limits the side's threat going forward down the flanks.
Fine defenders though they are, Linwood and Goodison are simply not built to be overlapping full backs in the Gareth Roberts/Ryan Taylor mould.
'In our division there are quite a few teams that deploy defenders as a back four rather than overlapping full backs as we had with Ryan last year.