It has been a frustrating season to be a Middlesbrough supporter hasn’t it?
After starting the 2018/19 campaign in positive fashion, the Smoggies have lost their way somewhat since the turn of the year which has resulted in them slipping out of the top-six in the Championship.
Despite suffering a dreadful run of six consecutive defeats between March and April, a recent upturn in form has given Tony Pulis’ side a sniff of a chance of securing a play-off place on Sunday. If Boro can overcome the challenge of Rotherham United on Sunday, they could leapfrog Derby County if the Rams slip up against West Bromwich Albion.
Regardless of what happens at the weekend, it is clear that Pulis needs to make some key alterations to his squad heading into next season yet in order to get the necessary funds, he may have to cut ties with Marcus Tavernier.
Despite being one of Boro’s most prodiguous young talents, the 20-year-old has only featured on 28 occasions in all competitions in which he has scored just five goals (via Transfermarkt).
Although he clearly has the potential to become a top player, it may be beneficial for both parties if he continues his development elsewhere as he has been far too inconsistent this season.
According to the Sun, Tavernier is on AFC Bournemouth’s radar with Eddie Howe reportedly weighing up a summer swoop for the winger. If this is indeed true, Pulis should consider cashing in on Tavernier as it would make more sense than keeping him at the Riverside Stadium where he has been limited to substitute appearances in recent weeks.
What do you think Middlesbrough fans? Should Pulis sell Tavernier in the summer? How much do you think he is worth in the current market? Let us know below.
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