The 19-year-old is on loan from Sunderland and could have joined Boro as a youngster.
He said: "Sunderland felt right straight away. It was an hour's drive to Middlesbrough and when they asked me to join them as a schoolboy I was having fun with my local junior side and did not take it.
"Along with my father I felt that Sunderland was best for me and so it proved.
"If I am selected on Saturday it will be just like any other game for me at Middlesbrough as it is a long while since I had any connections with them."