“I’m hoping he plays regularly in the Olympics so if he does fitness won’t a problem.”

Warnock was speaking after he saw his side triumph 3-0 over Bishop Auckland in their first pre-season friendly of the season. Goals from new signing Uche Ikpeazu, defender Djed Spence and youngster Jeremie Sivi.

Thoughts

Payero will add dynamism and goals from midfield upon signing for the North-East club. The departure of George Saville means they are a man light in the centre of the park and his acquisition will prove vital if Boro are to mount a promotion push. This could spell the end of Lewis Wing’s Middlesbrough career though, especially given the rumours linking the Teessiders to Luton’s Pelly Ruddock Mpanzu don’t seem to be going away just yet.