Middlesbrough are gearing up for a big summer in the transfer window.
Neil Warnock’s side still have an outside chance of securing a play-off spot this term but in reality the chances are that the club can turn their attention to mounting a promotion push next time around.
Warnock has had a good chance to look over his squad this season and that means that decisions will have been made regarding certain players’ futures.
While some could be allowed to leave the club on a permanent basis, others may merely benefit from being allowed to leave on loan as they look to build up their experience at first team level.
Here are two players who could benefit from a loan spell next season.
The full-back has endured a mixed season for Middlesbrough.
While being afforded plenty of opportunities under Neil Warnock the 20-year-old has struggled to thrive in the 72-year-old’s disciplined set-up with his instincts often leaving him out of position with a view to making an impact in attack.
There’s no doubt that Spence is a quality player in the making but perhaps he could benefit from a full season of regular football in order to allow him to learn and mature into the senior games.
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A player who looks certainly to leave on loan.
The winger has made four first team appearances for Middlesbrough this season but was a regular feature in the matchday squad during the first half of the season.
Opportunities have been limited to under-23s action since then and so it seems only natural that the next step will involve him heading out to a club in the EFL to really get some consistent first team experience under his belt.