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You may be surprised where these 5 ex-Middlesbrough players are playing now

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Middlesbrough will know that if the 2019/20 Championship campaign gets back underway, they will have a job to do.

Jonathan Woodgate’s side are 19th as things stand – just three places and two points above the relegation zone.

Heading down into League One would be a massive blow for a club that have battled near the very top of English football in the past.

We don’t yet know if we will see Championship football return this season but to help keep you entertained during the delay, we’ve been scouring world football to find five ex-Boro players whose current club may surprise you…

Rhys Williams

The Australian defender joined the Boro academy and developed through the youth setup before making his debut in 2008.

Williams would go onto make 141 appearances for the North East club before leaving for the A-League in 2016.

He spent two years Down Under before making the switch to his current club, Saudi Arabian side Al Qadisiyah.

Lee Cattermole

Another academy product, Cattermole may not be the most popular figure among the Riverside faithful, having spent a decade with rivals Sunderland.

The midfielder spent the first three seasons of his career with Boro, amassing 88 appearances, before leaving for Wigan and eventually joining the Black Cats.

In something of a shock move, he left the Stadium of Light last summer to join Dutch side VVV Venlo – where he has been in and out of the starting XI.

Alvaro Negredo

Having fired in goals in La Liga and for Manchester City, the towering striker was something of a coup when he joined Boro on a season-long loan for their 2016/17 Premier League campaign.

The Spanish international and found the net 10 times for the North East club but was unable to help them avoid the drop.

His next move would be to Turkish side Besiktas before joining UAE Gulf League side Al-Nasr in 2018.

The 34-year-old appears to have found his feet as his current club – grabbing 26 goals and eight assists in 37 appearances.

Mustapha Carayol 

The winger was hampered by injuries during his time at the Riverside but showed his quality in spells in the 2012/13 and 2013/14 Championship seasons.

Things ultimately didn’t work out for Carayol at Boro and he moved to first Nottingham Forest, then Ipswich Town, before joining Cypriot top tier side Apollon Limassol in 2018.

Last summer, he joined Turkish second division side Adana Demirspor and had made nine appearances for them before the delay to the season.

Bartholomew Ogbeche

The Nigerian striker is something of a journeyman, featuring for 12 clubs across five different countries.

His spell with Boro was brief, lasting less than a season and bringing just three goals in 18 appearances.

Ogbeche has bounced around between clubs since but appears to have found the net regularly wherever he’s been.

Nowhere has that been truer than at his current club, Indian Super League side Kerala Blasters, where has scored 15 goals and provided one assist in his 16 appearances so far.


ScoopDragon Football News Network

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