Middlesbrough boss to target minimum number of signings

Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka.
Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka.

AITOR Karanka is targeting only a minimum number of signings as his summer transfer plans continue.

The Spaniard guided Boro to 12th position in the Championship after his November arrival and oversaw two lots of sustained winning runs.

Though frustrated at the inconsistent runs in between and in particular the seven-game scoreless spell – that ultimately cost Boro a say in the final play-off picture – the head coach does not believe a squad overhaul is required.

He told SportMail: “There is work to be done but the most important thing for me is the team (at the moment).

“The team is built of all the players who have been with me and they are a good team of good professionals.

“With these players, and one, two or three more, we can do better.”

Karanka’s philosophy has appeased Boro supporters, who have watched the team deliver their manager’s methods in style more and more as the season progressed.

That development has sprung hopes ahead of next season and Karanka himself is not daunted by the task that lay ahead if the coveted Premier League is indeed to be the expectant.

“It is easy to win games, we have won six in the last eight and in December we won five in six,” he went on.

“But, then again, we didn’t score in seven. That we need to learn about.

“I am very happy because the most important thing is how much happiness our supporters have.

“For five months they have been behind us and helping us.

“People are happy because our work has been good.”