Neil Warnock has said he plans to have had individual discussions with all of his Boro squad within the next 48 hours. 

The Boro manager will be offering his thoughts on this season and his aims going forward into the next.

"I've been planning it for a few weeks, I always like to have a chat with each of them," he said.

"I've spoken to a few already, and there will be more on Sunday and Monday.

"I'll be talking to everyone about how I feel, where they've done well, what they can do better at, and what I'll be expecting from the next season.

"There will be one or two interesting conversations."

Those discussions will include those players who have been injured, with Warnock determined to have them firing on all cylinders for the start of pre-season.

"Anfernee Dijksteel, Sam Morsy, Dael Fry and Marcus Tavernier - those four lads know what they’ve got to do over the summer," he said.

"Dijksteel will be going home - he has a fitness guy over there that we’ve talked to on zoom.

"He knows it’s a big season for him next year, and he knows he’s not to let me down.

"In fairness he’s been working really hard and I’ve not seen him in as good a condition as he is now. He’s had to work hard because he knew we wouldn’t let him go home until he’s 100%.

"You don’t have to worry about Sam Morsy, he wants to be fit, he wants to kick everybody. Every day is a bonus for him, playing for a club like Middlesbrough - he’s a gem.

"All of the lads are the same. Dael Fry wants to be the best, Tav’s the same, they want to be in the Premier League. I’ve told them both, I think this time next pre-season, they’ll be there."

Marcus Browne is a longer-term absentee, but Warnock has been impressed by the midfielder's attitude and application.

"He won’t be available until September or October I don't think, but he’s working ever so hard.

"He’s been remarkable, I feel really sorry for him because he was really playing well when he got injured, he was buzzing in training.

"I’ve been right impressed with him and he’s looking forward to getting in that squad again."