Middlesbrough fell narrowly short of promotion this season, eventually losing in the play-off semi-finals against Aston Villa.
Ahead of the season, many pundits and spectators were tipping Boro to win the league or at least win automatic promotion, but they fell short of this target and will have to go again next year.
But this summer, they face a battle to hold onto key players Adama Traore and Ben Gibson.
If these two vital players depart, then Tony Pulis is going to need to be very shrewd in the transfer market to ensure that he brings in adequate replacements.
Boro also need to improve in other areas up and down the pitch so a busy summer of activity is expected at The Riverside Stadium.
Here are three realistic incoming players who could lift Boro to the next level and have them competing for automatic promotion.
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