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Opinion: Middlesbrough should pursue 26-year-old to fill vital role under Chris Wilder next season

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Middlesbrough are set for a busy summer transfer window whether they are in the Premier League or the Championship.

Chris Wilder, Kieran Scott and the rest of the recruitment will be tailoring their approach to bring in players who are capable of playing in the top-flight regardless.

Wilder has played a range of formations in his managerial career, but he seems pretty set on a 3-5-2 formation since arriving at The Riverside.

There are a number of positions in the Boro squad that will need addressing, regardless of what division they are in, to give Wilder the best chance of achieving his objectives heading into next season.

Left wing back is one of the standout roles that the club should be targeting this summer, especially if Wilder is to stick with the current system.

Neil Taylor’s contract expires at the end of the campaign, he may well have done enough to earn an extension, but even so, the Welshman is not of the required standard for Boro next season as first choice.

Neither is Marc Bola, who is contracted until the summer of 2024, but the former Arsenal man would be better suited to play on the left of the back three than as a wing back.

One player, whose transfer value will decrease in the summer, with only one year remaining on his contract, if Huddersfield Town trigger an extension, is Harry Toffolo.

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The 26-year-old has come on leaps and bounds since joining the Terriers from Lincoln City in January 2020, and is one of the best left wing backs in the division.

Toffolo has taken his game to new levels since Carlos Corberan replaced Danny Cowley at the John Smith’s Stadium, he is reliable out of possession, and would be equally as comfortable playing at left back in a back four, but would at times provide an attacking threat down the left flank, to rival that of Isaiah Jones on the other side on Teesside.

He has added five goals and seven assists from left wing back this season and has played a huge role in the Terriers cementing a surprise place in the play-offs.


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