, Coulson, Roberts and more: What the summer could hold for Middlesbrough’s loaned out players

Coulson, Roberts and more: What the summer could hold for Middlesbrough’s loaned out players

Middlesbrough look to be marooned in mid-table, and with their hopes of securing a place in the play-offs drifting away from them, they may have one eye on the summer already.

Middlesbrough are 14th in the table as things stand and are now just six points above the bottom three after a 2-0 defeat to relegation threatened Stoke City on Saturday afternoon. This means they are now closer to the relegation zone than the Championship top six.

With their hopes of achieving a place in the play-offs now looking all but over, the club’s hierarchy may already have one eye on the summer transfer window and the potential incomings and outgoings.

Middlesbrough currently have several youth players out on loan in order to gain experience at senior level, whilst they also have two first-team players at other clubs until the end of the season. Here we take a look at what the summer could hold for many of those out on loan.

Liam Roberts

Middlesbrough surprisingly signed three goalkeepers in the summer when they already had Roberts at the club. Seny Dieng, Tom Glover and Jamie Jones were all brought in, with Roberts shipped out on loan to League One Barnsley.

Given the number of players ahead of him in the pecking order and out of contract in June later this year, it seems like his time on Teesside may have come to an end. He has impressed at Oakwell and so could be snapped up on a free transfer if they should see fit.

Hayden Coulson

Following the departure of star loanee Ryan Giles last summer, Boro were short on numbers at left-back. Coulson started the campaign as the first-choice in this position but after a string of under-par performances, the Teessiders dipped into the transfer market.

Both Lukas Engel and Alex Bangura signed and edged in front of Coulson in the pecking order. Whilst they also brought in Luke Thomas from Leicester CIty on loan in January, with Coulson leaving on a loan deal of his own.

He joined Blackpool until the end of the season and he too could have played his last game for Boro already, as they could cash in on the player in the summer.

Bryant Bilongo

After impressing in pre-season, many thought that Bilongo may be one to break into the first-team. He can play as a left-back or as a left centre-back, but found himself playing for the development squad for the first half of the campaign before securing a loan move to non-league Ebbsfleet United in January.

Now he has had senior experience under his belt and has started strongly at his new loan club, he could be one knocking on Michael Carrick’s door in the summer for a place in the squad at Middlesbrough.

Zack Hemming

Despite Boro having brought in three goalkeepers in the summer, Hemming is one that Carrick will likely be keeping a close eye on at St Mirren. The 23-year-old has been a standout for his loan side this season, continuing his fine form from last season on loan at Kilmarnock.

Although Glover has proved to be a strong back-up to Dieng, Hemming could easily be a comfortable third choice with a view to overtaking Glover in the ranks next season.

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