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Middlesbrough fans will surely have their fingers crossed that potential departure materialises



Middlesbrough are a club entering a period of uncertainty with the summer transfer window now well underway of what will be an important season.

Tony Pulis was relieved of his duties after his contract expired at the end of the previous campaign after a lot of pressure from fans who had grown tired of his direct style of play.

He looked set to keep Boro in the hunt for an automatic promotion place throughout last season, occupying a space in the top-two as late as November.

But a collapse quickly followed, with their automatic promotion hopes being extinguished before falling out of the top-six entirely.

Although no new appointment has been made, it looks like Jonathan Woodgate will be the man trusted with taking the club forward.

However, he may have to contend with a player departure right from the start, with Spanish side Getafe reportedly interested in bringing Martin Braithwaite to La Liga, according to AS.

So, how should the Riverside faithful be feeling about this update?

It is safe to say that during his time at the club, Braithwaite is not a man who has particularly endeared himself.

Since moving to the club for £10million back in 2017, he has managed just nine goals in 40 appearances and has consistently angled for a move away.

He spent the second half of last season on loan with Leganes in La Liga after scoring three times in 17 appearances in the Championship, and Boro fans will surely want to see the back of him.

Yes, it gives Woodgate, or whoever takes over, another transfer headache. But he clearly does not want to be at the club and at 28, he is unlikely to improve much more.

Get whatever cash you can for him and get him off the wage bill.

I imagine there are a fair few fingers crossed throughout the city now with this departure potentially in the offing.

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