Southgate - Boro Have Struggled Without Digard!

Last updated : 09 February 2009 By Boro Mad
Gareth Southgate: "Didier's been a very influential player for us in the centre of midfield, we missed him when he was suspended.

"He's a strong character, a strong player. He wants to take the ball all the time. He's physically tough, and he's emerging as a leader within that group.

"He had first-team experience before he came here, with Le Havre and PSG. He'd also been captain of some junior French teams, so he's got those leadership qualities.

"We weren't sure how quickly he'd come on. We could see his talent, we were aware of that before he came and we saw it in pre-season.

"It took him a while physically because he missed the last six months of last year. But it's been good to see him develop and emerge as a character, as well as a player."