Boro’s transfer window activity for the summer has concluded with four new recruits to the squad.
Goalkeeper Tomas Mejias, winger Marcus Browne, left-sided man Marc Bola, and right-back Anfernee Dijksteel have all joined the club on a permanent basis.
Mejias was the first to arrive, returning to the club after spending a season in Cyprus with Omonia Nicosia, joining up with the team while away in Austria during pre-season.
Head coach Woodgate spoke of his desire to add pace and hungry young players to his side, and exciting West Ham youngster Browne linked up from the Hammers in a permanent transfer after an impressive season on loan with Oxford United.
48 hours later, young left-back Bola became summer signing number three from Blackpool after a notable campaign for the Seasiders, landing the club’s Player and Players’ Player of the Year awards.
Our final capture of the summer window was snapped up on the penultimate day, with Boro securing the services of highly-rated right back Anfernee Dijksteel from Charlton Athletic.
Dijksteel was a mainstay in the Addicks side who sealed promotion from League One, and the one-time Netherlands Under-20s international caught Woodgate’s eye while at the Valley, someone who also fits the bill for his style of play.
“Anfernee is another young player who fits the mould of what we want at this club,” he said.
“He’s the type of footballer I like. I like the way he gets forward and the way he gets back, he’s very athletic.
“I’ve watched him and I like what I’ve seen. I’ve done a lot of work on him, and he’s my number one choice.”
Meanwhile, young trio Gabby McGill, Mitchell Curry (loan) and Sam Stubbs (loan) have all headed north of the border to join Dunfermline Athletic, Inverness Caldedonian Thistle and Hamilton Academical, respectively, while young Luxembourg international Enes Mahmutovic headed to Dutch side MVV Maastricht on a season-long loan.
Youngster Rumarn Burrell links up with our Academy set-up after signing from Grimsby Town.
Tyrone O’Neill and Brad James joined neighbours Darlington and Gateshead on loan to continue their development, Billal Brahimi returned home to France, signing for Stade de Reims, after turning down the offer of a new contract, and another striker, Luke Armstrong, made the permanent switch to EFL newcomers Salford City.
Senior duo Aden Flint and Martin Braithwaite also moved on, with the former heading to South Wales to join Cardiff City while the latter linked up with La Liga outfit Leganes where he spent the second half of last season on loan.
From the end of last season, Mo Besic, Rajiv van La Parra, Jordan Hugill returned to their parent clubs after their loans expired in the summer, with the latter joining QPR on loan for the 2019/20 campaign.
The contracts of our oldest-ever player Dimi Konstantopoulos and Academy product Stewart Downing expired, with the former England international signing for Blackburn Rovers. John Obi Mikel's contract came to an end, and he has moved to Turkey, while Andy Lonergan also left the club.
Tomas Mejias (permanent, free transfer)
Marcus Browne (permanent, West Ham United)
Marc Bola (permanent, Blackpool)
Anfernee Dijksteel (permanent, Charlton Athletic)
Rumarn Burrell (permanent, Grimsby Town)
Mitchell Curry (loan, Inverness Caldedonian Thistle)
Enes Mahmutovic (loan, MVV Maastricht)
Aden Flint (permanent, Cardiff City)
Tyrone O’Neill (loan, Darlington)
Brad James (loan, Gateshead)
Gabby McGill (permanent, Dunfermline Athletic)
Martin Braithwaite (permanent, Leganes)
Billal Brahimi (permanent, Stade de Reims)
Luke Armstrong (permanent, Salford City)
Sam Stubbs (loan, Hamilton Academical)