The classy defender has been a big hit since joining us from the Teesiders in the January transfer window. He’s played 13 of 15 games since then with the highlight his winning goal in the Carling Cup Final at Wembley.
‘Woody’, who has also won his place back in the England squad, now faces his home-town team for the first time since that January switch.
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“I can’t wait for it,” beamed the 28-year-old at Spurs Lodge this week. “I know I’ll get well worked up about it so I’m trying to treat it as just another match.”
Boro arrive at the Lane in form. They have taken points from recent trips to Villa and Arsenal, deserved at least a point at Chelsea and almost put title-favourites Manchester United to the sword at the Riverside last weekend, a thriller ending 2-2.
“They’ve really improved since the turn of the year,” said Jonathan, who joined Boro from Real Madrid in August, 2006. “They are resilient and it will be a tough one for us.”
One man to look out for is central defender David Wheater - his performances for Boro have earned a call into Fabio Capello’s England squad and he’s a player Woody knows all about – they played together 12 times this season.
“Big Wheats got involved against Fulham in the last game of last season, there have been a few injuries this season and he’s taken his chance,” said Woody. “He’s good on the ball, got good feet. He’s another good player and a good lad as well.”
Jonathan Woodgate is counting down the minutes to Saturday's clash against his former club Middlesbrough at the Lane.