Middlesbrough are now back in the Championship after their first season back in the top flight ended in relegation, as Boro bowed out with somewhat of a whimper.
Boro’s season started brightly, and it was only around the Christmas period when cracks started to appear on Teesside, and pressure began to build on Aitor Karanka.
In March, it was all over for the Spaniard, and Steve Agnew was tasked with keeping Boro’s heads above water, but he succumbed to the inevitable.
Middlesbrough, now manager-less, continue their search for Steve Agnew’s successor, but a bigger worry for them could be on the pitch, with a couple of big players potentially exiting the Riverside.
Hometown boy, Ben Gibson, has been linked with a move away, while Gaston Ramirez could also leave the North East this summer.
If Ramirez is to leave Boro, the perfect replacement could reside at Bristol City in Callum O’Dowda.
The fleet-footed left winger has caught the eye for the Robins this season, and his attacking intent is something that Middlesbrough currently lack.
O’Dowda has pace in abundance and can breeze past defenders, but when he gets to the byline, he delivers quality into the box.
If he played on the opposite wing to Adama Traore, Boro could have frighteningly quick wingers, both of whom will create chances for the strikers, meaning they should score more goals, which has been their Achilles heel all season.
At 22, O’Dowda has his best years ahead of him, and if the Teessiders deploy him correctly, they could have one of the leagues best wingers on their hands. Boro should be in a position to attract him from Bristol City, and what a shrewd signing he could well turn out to be.