Middlesbrough’s teenage sensation Marcus Tavernier has featured heavily this season in both the cup competitions and in the Championship.

The 19-year old has played 18 games for Middlesbrough in all competitions this campaign, scoring three goals. He’s been in and around the match day squad since his debut last season, but he could be wishing for more first team opportunities in the near future.

Every time he has featured he has impressed, and with Boro’s obvious lack of width, many supporters feel he should get even more game time.

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He was shipped out on loan last season to League Two side MK Dons, and if he is to become a regular starter it may be a case of leaving on another short term deal or finding a new club entirely.

One club interested in Tavernier is Bundesliga outfit Bayer Leverkusen, according to The Daily Mail. With the success of young English players in Germany, the Middlesbrough midfielder could certainly be tempted.

Jadon Sancho and Reiss Nelson have impressed for Borussia Dortmund and Hoffenheim respectively, whereas Ademola Lookman swapped Everton for RB Leipzig last season, doing equally well in his time on the continent.

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According to the report,  Leverkusen are expecting bids for three of their own young stars, with Julian Brandt, Leon Bailey and Kai Havertz all attracting attention from clubs elsewhere. The German side have been monitoring Tavernier as a long term replacement, and have even been to scout the England under-20 international at The Riverside this season.

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