Middlesbrough are desperately looking to find some form in order to pull themselves out of the Championship relegation battle.
Jonathan Woodgate’s men have not won since New Year’s Day and have found themselves sucked back into the basement struggle.
After their narrow defeat to Leeds United on Wednesday, Boro face another difficult task when they host promotion hopefuls, Nottingham Forest, on Monday evening.
The two sides drew at the City Ground back in November, but Jonathan Woodgate will be hoping his side can take a big three points from the upcoming clash.
Potential relegation could have a huge impact on Teesside, and the club will be wary of the different situations they may find themselves in depending on how this season concludes.
With this in mind, we have taken a look at two possible transfer scenarios Boro may find themselves in over the summer…
Big names could depart
If Boro were to drop down to the third tier for the first time since 1992, there could be a mass exodus of big-name players from the Riverside over the summer.
It would be unlikely that big-name players such as Britt Assombalonga, George Saville and Marcus Tavernier would stick around for a season in League One, and could potentially attract interest from other Championship sides.
Relegation would likely mean a rebuild on Teesside over the summer, with many of the faces who helped Boro reach the play-offs in 2018 could head for the Riverside exit.
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A potential return for a former defender
27-year-old defender Ben Gibson left the Riverside back in 2018 for Premier League Burnley but has only managed six appearances for the Clarets.
In February, it was revealed that Gibson was back on Teesside training with his former club despite his Turf Moor contract running until 2022.
Should Boro retain their Championship status, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see the club move for their former man and for some deal to eventually be reached with the Clarets.
Boro at times this season have looked devoid of leaders and the return of Gibson could be one they looked to conclude as early as possible should they stay in the Championship.