The Middlesbrough starting XI and substitutes bench which highlights Neil Warnock's transfer task this summer

Middlesbrough appear to have a big summer ahead of them with several players either out of contract or set to depart following loan spells at the club.

Monday, 12th April 2021, 5:33 pm
Middlesbrough players warm up.

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.

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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.

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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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.

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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.
Boro have struggled when Fry has been out of the side this season and Warnock will need the defender to stay fit next term.
After a tough first season at Boro, Bola has become the club's first-choice left-back this season. The 23-year-old probably needs a bit more competition next season.
Boro's captain and is under contract until 2022. Has excelled in the holding midfield role for most of the campaign.
Has played in defence for most of this season but is also capable of carrying the ball forward and creating chances from midfield.
A versatile operator who is always full of energy. Is probably better suited to a central position with a striker alongside him, but may have to play out wide due to a lack of wingers.
A player whose future remains unclear after making just three starts this season. Boro will surely look to sign more wingers in the summer which would bump Coulson down the pecking order again.
Another player who Boro have missed when he's been out of the side. Tavernier's energy and drive have been big assets for the team but he will hope to add more goals and assists to his game next term.
It's been an underwhelming first season at Boro for the forward, yet it doesn't seem like the side have been playing to his strengths. The club will be looking to sign a new first-choice striker in the summer.
A highly-rated young goalkeeper, 20, who is under contract until 2023.
Currently on loan at Crewe in League One. Another loan move would probably be best for his development but Boro would need cover for Fry and Hall.
Looks like a decent signing after arriving from Preston in January. Should provide competition for Dijksteel at right-back.
Still only 20 but hasn't been first choice this season after breaking into the first team last term. A loan move may be best to gain more regular game time.
Has been a good signing from Wigan and will definitely be in contention for a starting place next season. Howson may just get the nod ahead of him if Boro play with one holding midfielder.
Made a good start to this season in a box-to-box midfield role. It still feels like he needs to offer more going forward if he's to become a regular starter again.
Has impressed on loan at Rotherham since his loan move in January. May come back into Warnock's plans next season.
Is likely to miss some of pre-season after ACL surgery. Hopefully he'll be able to get back up to speed next term.
Was loaned out to League One side Crewe in January but has scored just once and hasn't been a regular starter.