Marvin Johnson, Ashley Fletcher, Britt Assombalonga, Nathaniel Mendez-Laing and goalkeeper Jordan Archer will all see their current deals expire at the end of the campaign, while Yannick Bolasie, Neeskens Kebano and Marcus Bettinelli are nearing the end of their loan moves.
Manager Neil Warnock said last week that he’s preparing for next season assuming those players will depart in the coming months – even if discussions are planned. So where would that leave Boro?
Warnock has already admitted signing another striker will be the club’s priority, while they’ll also need a new goalkeeper and potentially a couple of wide players.
With that in mind, we’ve put together what we think is Boro’s strongest starting XI and substitutes bench - excluding the players who will be out of contract.
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1. GK: Dejan Stojanovic
Signed a three-and-a-half year deal at Boro in January 2020. Stojanovic has spent this season on loan at German second-tier side FC St. Pauli and clearly isn't fancied by Warnock. It seems clear Boro will need to sign a new goalkeeper for next campaign.
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2. RB: Anfernee Dijksteel
Will be out for the rest of this season after an ankle operation. Has been a key player for Boro this season and should be again next term.
Photo: George Wood
3. CB: Grant Hall
After a tough few months with injury, the centre-back has been excellent in recent weeks and has been a commanding figure at the back.
Photo: Stu Forster
4. CB: Dael Fry
Boro have struggled when Fry has been out of the side this season and Warnock will need the defender to stay fit next term.
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