Brian Deane has advice for Middlesbrough star Emmanuel Latte Lath amid another award nomination

Brian Deane has told Emmanuel Latte Lath to stay hungry and start his preparation for next season right away, with Middlesbrough hoping he can fire them to glory next season.

After initial struggles in his first season in England, Latte Lath found his feet on Teesside and ended the season in scintillating form with 11 goals in 12 games to finish the campaign with 18 goals overall. Among those recent goals, was a superb header against Leeds United, which has been nominated for the Championship Goal of the Month, just a week after the striker won the Championship Player of the Month award for April.

Supporters can vote for the winner on the EFL website, with the Boro star up against Ryan Longman (Millwall), Josh Windass (Sheffield Wednesday) and Omari Hutchinson (Ipswich Town). Far more important for Boro now, however, is that Latte Lath carries his end-of-season form into next term - and one former Boro striker who knows plenty about scoring goals in the Football League, Brian Deane has some valuable advice for the 25-year-old.

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Speaking to Teesside Live in association with, Deane said: "I had a couple of consecutive seasons where I did well in both. I scored 16 goals in the season before the first Premier League and used that to then score 19 the next year. In Sheffield United's double promotion from Division Three to One in 1988-90, I got 30 goals the first year and 24 the next.

"The things is, when you're a player who finishes the season in the way that Latte Lath has, it's important that you do a lot of reflecting. You prepare yourself from now, really, to hit the ground running at the start of next season. You're working to ensure you don't go out of shape, but also becoming mentally strong to be ready to face all the challenges and expectations that will come in the new season.

"He's at a really good age and if he's finishing in that kind of form, there's absolutely no reason why he can't hit the ground running next term. But the key is, you can't think you can just sit back and it'll just happen. that's not how it works. He's got to stay on top - and to stay on top you look at those small percentages that will help keep you at your top level.

"Whether it's mentally, technically or physically, all of these things, you can't rest on your laurels after such a good season. You have to keep working on them if you want to ensure you continue. In truth, I look back at hindsight in my career and think there are definitely things like this I could have done better.

"At the time, you can be guilty of just thinking, 'I've done enough'. But if you want to be one of the top, top players, showing that hunger to get better and keep going after enjoying success is what you have to do, in today's game especially."

Meanwhile, reflecting on Boro's season and missing out on the play-offs this term, Deane remains optimistic about Boro's future. All signs point towards Michael Carrick remaining at the helm next season, with the club certainly keen to extend his contract at the Riverside. And Deane is optimistic about Boro's chances next season with the foundations in place.

Deane continued: "The Championship is such a good and competitive league. I think Michael has done a very good job at Middlesbrough. I understand that everybody wants success - that's why we all go to watch football. But you have to put building blocks in place.

"You also now have to keep an eye on the finances because can't just leverage or re-mortgage a football club. Look what happened at Leeds a few years ago... It's still having an impact now. At Middlesbrough, it's not a quick fix for Michael. Steve Gibson is a chairman who has put his money where his mouth is over a long period of time, and I for one respect the job that he's done and continues to do.

"What Middlesbrough have now is stability, and that gives them an opportunity to challenge. In Michael, they have a manager who has a great football background and is culpable because he's from the North East."

Supporters can vote for Latte Lath to win the Championship Goal of the Month award on the EFL website. Voting closes at 5 pm on Monday, May 13, with the winner announced on Friday, May 17.