Claude Puel will assess his options in January following the news that Southampton striker Charlie Austin faces three to four months out with a shoulder injury.
The striker’s extended absence will be a major blow for Southampton given he has scored nine goals already this season and six of their 14 in the Premier League.
“I think it’s important for the moment to stay with a good concentration about our game until the end of the year, and after we will see this with calm in January,” he said.
“We have a striker, we have an offensive player, it’s important to give them confidence and I like these players and it’s important they play with all the confidence of the team and the staff.
“We will see after in January, but the most important is to consider and to respect all the players in my squad.”
One source of attacking inspiration could be Sofiane Boufal, whose stunning strike from 25 yards was enough to seal all three points against Boro.
Southampton signed Boufal in a club-record deal worth £21million in the summer but he has taken time to settle after arriving injured from Lille.