Marvin Emnes is giving every Boro fan a reason to walk 500 miles to see him at the moment… and rest assured they will walking 500 more to witness magic from the dynamic Dutchman.
Emnes’ stock has risen ten-fold on last year. Nearly a year to the day when he was an unused sub at Chesterfield in the League Cup (the only time Gordon Strachan involved him in his squad) he bangs a hat-trick in at Walsall to become Mighty Marv.
This is a prime example as to what Tony Mowbray has done with Emnes.
The Dutch international was signed by Boro boss Gareth Southgate from Eredivisie outfit Sparta Rotterdam for £3.2 million and, as Southgate described it, was signed as a ‘project’. Emnes scored on his debut in a 5-1 cup demolition of Yeovil Town, which was at the start of a season so full of promise that led to Boro in the bottom three with three games to go.
Southgate called on his project for his league debut in a relegation battle against fierce rivals Newcastle United; despite Emnes’ impressive performance he still couldn’t prevent Boro losing 3-1 and eventually, two games later, from being relegated.
Emnes kicked off Boro’s first season in the Championship the way he started it with a smashing goal against Swansea…but Emnes’ creator and designer Southgate was sacked two months later with the team second in the league.
Then the nightmare began…
Gordon Strachan arrived and Emnes became Marv the Magician as he disappeared off Boro team sheet.
Strachan told Emnes he would never played for the Boro as long as he was here and was shipped to Swansea City on loan.
Fortunately for Marv (and Boro) Strachan left during his time in Wales. In stepped the Mogganaut (Tony Mowbray) who licked his small lips at the acquisition he was getting back.
Mowbray then changed him into Miracle Marv as he put on his new squad number of 32. He even scored against Swansea, which meant at that point, the only goals he had scored in England still consisted of Swansea competing in each game.
A bright end of the season, with a goal against Leicester City and a few assists, saw the Swans come back for Emnes.
Mowbray sacrificed second top goalscorer Leroy Lita in a bid to keep his vast improving winger/striker. Mogga got his man just a day before the kick off to the Championship as Emnes signed a long term contract.
As soon as he signed his bright boots started to spark and since then the magic has been produced as he has scored 6 goals in 4 games.
As long as Marvin is fit, the Boro look set for a bright season and with his blossoming partnership with Scotty McDonald, Emnes can expect a goal rush this season.
Written by Scott Easby, We Are Going Up’s Middlesbrough Blogger
Scott tweets at @SEasby12