Middlesbrough will be looking to secure their Championship status as soon as possible once the season resumes, with that looking like the plan from the EFL right now.
A 56-day period of football was touted during the week and the EFL looks set to try and get that to happen during the summer months, to finalise the current campaign.
For Boro, it’s a chance to secure their second tier status for another season and they’ll feel as though they can do so, though it remains to be seen after what the summer might hold.
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A number of players are out of contract in the summer and with finances potentially set to dictate who gets offered what, some of the senior men at the club could be playing for futures elsewhere.
Here, we take a look at a couple that fall into that bracket:
There seems a fair bit of speculation around the defender at the moment and it remains to be seen just what Ayala is going to do in the summer.
Could he be looking to play himself into a move elsewhere? If there are no intentions of staying at Boro then he could use the final games to attract a new side to make a move. There’s no doubt he’s good enough to stay at Boro but the question is whether he wants to and whether the club can afford it anyway.
He’s not scored many, he’s one of the club’s higher earners and his contract is up in the summer, there’s plenty to suggest a move elsewhere could be on the cards for the striker at the moment.
If Boro need to offload him from the books, Gestede will need to use the next few games to prove himself worthy of a decent move – let’s see what he can do.