Middlesbrough manager Tony Mowbray says he's already looking at potential new signings ahead of next season.
Boro occupied 2nd place at Christmas and looked like promotion candidates, but a run of just three wins in their last 20 league games has seen them slide to 12th in the table. Meaning the club will now spend a fifth consecutive season in the Championship.
A key problem for Middlesbrough during this campaign has been in defence, with the Teessiders conceding 68 league goals so far. This is one of the areas that Mowbray says he's keen to address.
Speaking after his side's 2-2 home draw with Charlton Athletic on Saturday, he said:
– Tony Mowbray, Middlesbrough FC Manager
"Things to work on - way too many goals conceded. That's something that has to be addressed urgently. We can't concede beyond 70 goals in a season and hope to be successful. So we have to strengthen in those sort of areas.
"I'm just trying to go and watch a player who they [my scouts] all quite like and if I can push the button and say 'yes' then we'll see if we've got the means to add some footballers through the summer."
Middlesbrough are away to Sheffield Wednesday in their final game of the season on Saturday 4th May.