Middlesbrough midfielder Julien De Sart has spent the season out on loan at SV Zulte Waragem, but has now returned to Teesside.
The Belgian was signed in 2014 by Aitor Karanka, as Middlesbrough looked to strengthen for the Premier League. But he didn’t get his opportunity in the top tier and was loaned to Championship side Derby County.
Many thought that he would get his chance in the Championship with Middlesbrough after relegation, but it did not come to fruition. He was soon sent out on loan to Belgian side, SV Zulte Waragem.
But after a successful season back in his home country, it looks unlikely that Waragem will take the youngster on a permanent deal.
Speaking to Het Laatste Nieuws, De Sart said: “There have been talks in the past month which made it clear that Zulte Waregem will not take me. I currently have no idea where my future lies. England is still running for a year, and I prefer to go abroad – I want to discover other championships and cultures.”
The 23 year old’s current contract with Middlesbrough is set to expire at the end of next season after signing a three-year contract when he arrived at the club.
Tony Pulis may want to have a look at the imposing midfielder in pre-season, given his 6 foot 2 inch frame. The Welshman is known for his directness and desire to have taller players to suit his playing style. Pulis is famously (or infamously) known for his teams ability to get goals from set pieces, and De Sart could be a vital tool in this playing style.