While the disappointment of a rather dismal relegation from the Premier League still lingers on the faces of the Middlesbrough fans in the Transfer Tavern, it’s fair to say there is at least a degree of optimism.
Following the appointment of Garry Monk in charge at the Riverside Stadium, our Teeside locals are hoping the former Leeds United boss can ensure a quick-fire return to the proverbial Promised Land.
Still, reports from the Daily Mail have caused concern amongst the punters propping up the bar. They claim midfielder Maarten De Roon is of interest to former club Atalanta, where he left only last summer to move to Boro.
The Dutchman proved a popular figure amongst our locals despite a largely dire campaign on the whole and many of our drinkers were excited to see him potentially dominate engine rooms in the Championship.
Monk is not thought to have yet made a decision on whether or not he will allow the 26-year-old to depart, though the club would reportedly want to recoup the apparent £12m they shelled out last year.
The 26-year-old joined La Dea the summer before from Heerenveen and may be set for a return to Serie A, though few would doubt his ability to shine in the Championship.