Middlesbrough coach: Wheater just like Pallister

Middlesbrough coach Colin Cooper has likened young centre-half David Wheater to former Boro and Manchester United star Gary Pallister.

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Cooper said: "David has been absolutely terrific for us this season.

"I've heard a couple of people say that he reminds them of Tony Mowbray, but I disagree.

"Tony was a top defender but I think David is completely different in the way he goes about his game.

"Tony was a lot more laid back but played with his heart on his sleeve.

"David is laid back as well, but he plays football from the back and is always looking to play the pass and look for runners.

"If there are any comparisons to be made, then David reminds me more of Gary Pallister. Pally was so laid back that he was almost horizontal at times.

"But then I think comparing Wheater to Pallister is a big pat on the back for the lad because Pally was a great player."

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