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Woodgate’s latest comments should be a relief to Middlesbrough fans

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It has been a quiet summer so far for Middlesbrough but new boss Jonathan Woodgate has said more business will be done before the transfer window closes.

The arrival of goalkeeper Tomas Mejias on a free transfer is the only signing the Teesside club have made under Woodgate, while four players left the club at the end of last season.

Boro finished in seventh in 2018/19, just one point off the play-off places, and the 39-year-old will likely want to make improvements to his squad to ensure they can go one step further in his first season in senior management.

Despite his lack of experience, Woodgate was appointed in June after the departure of Tony Pulis.

Quoted by the Hartlepool Mail after the pre-season win over Gateshead, the Boro boss suggested that new players would be arriving at the Riverside this summer.

He said: “There’ll be some movement. In football, you have to keep freshening things up.

“With the Financial Fair Play rules, I’ve said that there’ll be players who come and go, and we have to work the market really well.

“We’ve got a recruitment set-up there, and they know what’s going on. They’ve got their finger on the pulse, and I’ve got plenty of belief in them. We’ll see how many we get in.”

The Verdict

These comments should be a real relief for fans, who may have been worried the window would close without any new players joining the North East club.

After coming so close last season, Boro will be targeting promotion again in the upcoming campaign and Woodgate needs some reinforcements to ensure his side can compete at the top of the Championship.

Boro were the fourth lowest scorers in the Championship last season, scoring 20 goals less than any team in the top six and 44 fewer goals than league winners Norwich City.

Woodgate will need to try and close that gap desperately needs to add some more attacking talent to do so.

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