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SEASON PREVIEW: A look at Middlesbrough before the new season

 

We look at Middlesbrough before the new season as Boro prepare for another season in the Championship, this time under Neil Warnock.

Warnock has been busy this summer with plenty of transfers in and also some significant outgoings. The veteran manager has the best CV of any manager in the league with the most promotions of any manager and having taken teams up to the top flight four times.

The headline-grabbing signing is Martin Payero who Middlesbrough have signed for £6 million from Argentinian club Banfield. Payero arrives with a big reputation and has recently represented Argentina at the Olympics.

Both Britt Assombalonga and Ashley Fletcher, two seasoned Championship strikers, have departed but Warnock has decided to spend money on Wycombe's Uche Ikpeazu to compensation. He hit six goals in the Championship last season in a struggling side.

Having also made some shrewd free signings in Sammy Ameobi and Joe Lumley, Middlesbrough might be an outside bet for promotion this year. Undoubtedly, their biggest asset is Warnock.

Last Season: 10th

Transfers In: Martin Payero (CA Banfield, £6 million), Uche Ikpeazu (Wycombe Wanderers, £783k), Sammy Ameobi (Nottingham Forest, Free), Joe Lumley (Queens Park Rangers, Free), Lee Peltier (West Bromwich Albion, Free), Matt Crooks (Rotherham United, Unknown)

Transfers Out: Marvin Johnson (Sheffield Wednesday, Free), Jordan Archer (Queens Park Rangers, Free), Britt Assombalonga (Adana Demirspor, Free), Ashley Fletcher (Watford, Free), George Saville (Millwall, Unknown), Lewis Wing (Sheffield Wednesday, Loan)

Released: Nathaniel Mendez-Laing

 


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