Jordan Rhodes claims Sunday's opponents Watford are a team which Middlesbrough should look to copy in order to survive this season.
The 26-year-old Scotland international, who joined Boro in an initial £9million deal from Blackburn in January and scored six goals in 18 appearance to help the club secure automatic promotion, has only made two appearances so far in the Premier League.
However, after following up a substitute appearance against Tottenham with a first start at West Ham before the international break, Rhodes will hope to spearhead the attack against the Hornets at the Riverside Stadium on Sunday.
And, having watched on while the Hertfordshire outfit successfully survived their first season in the top flight last term, he thinks they are a good example to follow.
"I think last season’s Watford are the team that we’re striving to be this year," Rhodes said on the club's website.
"They got off to a great start and established themselves in the Premier League.
"This season, they've picked up again and got some great results, thanks to the squad they built last year.
"It will be a real test for us on Sunday. It will be good to pit our wits against them."
Boro have yet to win on home soil in the Premier League with a draw followed by two defeats and Rhodes is hoping they can break their duck on Sunday.
He added: "It would be our first win at the Riverside and we want to give the fans something to cheer.
"It will be tough but hopefully we can edge it over the 90 minutes."