Middlesbrough’s roller-coaster of a season was brought to a halt yesterday as Tony Pulis’ side narrowly missed out on reaching the play-offs in the Championship.
Having entered the final round of fixtures just one point behind Derby County in the league standings, the Smoggies needed their rivals to slip up home against West Bromwich Albion to have any chance of securing a top-six finish.
However, despite beating Rotherham United 2-1, Boro were left to rue their horrendous drop-off in form during March and April as Frank Lampard’s Rams guaranteed their place in the play-offs with a 3-1 victory at the Pride Park stadium.
Although it is unclear whether Pulis will be at the club next season, it is imperative that in order for the Yorkshire-based outfit to launch a sustained bid for promotion, they must bolster their squad during the upcoming transfer market.
With the likes of Stewart Downing and John Obi-Mikel approaching the twilight of their careers, it is clear that Boro could benefit from freshening up their options with the arrival of one of the most promising young talents in League One.
According to the Sunday People (as quoted by the 72), Boro have been linked with a summer swoop for Coventry City star Tom Bayliss with Leeds United and Newcastle United also reportedly keen on securing his signature.
A fantastic central-midfielder, the 20-year-old enjoyed an incredibly fruitful campaign with the Sky Blues this season as his three goals and three assists helped the club secure an eighth-place finish in League One.
Although he has only played two full years of senior football, it is clear that Bayliss is more than ready to make the step up in level and has all the ingredients needed to become a future hero at the Riverside Stadium if the Smoggies can convince him to join the club.
What do you think Boro fans? Would Bayliss be a good addition to your side? Or is it too much of a risk to bring in the England under-19 international? Let us know below.
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