Exciting Middlesbrough starting line-up v Swansea City if they pull off major transfer

New signings Delano Burgzorg and Luke Ayling get to work on day one of Middlesbrough's pre-season
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Middlesbrough have made a really positive start to the summer transfer window and already have three new signings through the door.

As far as current plans are concerned, there are only plans to need two more before the window closes at the end of next month. With transfer work both exciting and efficient, Boro begin week three of pre-season in Portugal looking very well-shaped indeed ahead of their first game of the season at home to Swansea City.

With six pre-season friendlies to come before that, Michael Carrick will be hoping to bed his summer signings in while avoiding any serious injuries as his attentions start to turn to his team for that Swansea clash on August 10. With two transfers hopefully still to arrive, we take a look at how Boro's exciting opening day starting XI could look.

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GK - Seny Dieng - Boro will have to try and trim two of their five goalkeepers before the summer transfer window closes. But with Dieng establishing himself as first-choice last term, he is expected to retain that position with his experience invaluable for Boro's hopes to challenge for promotion.

RB - Luke Ayling - Tommy Smith isn't quite back in full training yet but is closing in on a return. While it's hoped he will eventually recapture full fitness to offer a stern challenge to Ayling at right-back, the summer signing will be expected to start the first game of the season after making his loan move a permanent one this summer.

CBs - Rav van den Berg and Matt Clarke - With Dael Fry and Darragh Lenihan back in training this summer, Carrick is going to have a tough job this season keeping his four centre-backs happy. Fry and Lenihan started last term as Boro's first choice pairing but, having both had injury troubles last term, it was Van den Berg and Clarke who ended the season together and in fine form. It's hard to predict before a friendly is even played how Carrick will go this summer, but right now, Van den Berg and Clarke deserve their spots.

LB - Ryan Giles - You might consider this one the final piece of the jigsaw. Having proven himself perfect for the role as attacking left-back in Carrick's system during his loan spell at Boro, his absence was felt last season and it's no surprise that, believing they had a chance to re-sign him this summer, they're attempting to do so.

Positively, news out of Hull City last week suggests that the Tigers, who need to try and balance the books this summer, are open for business on Giles too. If Boro can pull this transfer off it will be a massive boost to promotion hopes. If they don't, the hope will be that Alex Bangura builds on a positive end to the season to push himself forward as Boro's first choice.

CMs - Jonny Howson and Hayden Hackney - Boro have signed 22-year-old USA starlet Aidan Morris this summer and there is high hope that he arrives as a ready-made option for them after making over 100 appearances for Columbus Crew already. With Boro bless with Jonny Howson, Hayden Hackney, Dan Barlaser and Law McCabe as well though, Morris can be given time to slowly find his rhythm in a new league and grow into a starting player rather than be thrust straight under the spotlight.

RW - Isaiah Jones - Marcus Forss will hopefully return from injury to play some part in pre-season after a frustrating injury-hit campaign last term. But his first task will be displacing Isaiah Jones providing the wide man stays fit because, having overcome his battles off the pitch, Jones started to get back to the fearless wing wonder at times last term.

AM - Finn Azaz - A January addition who had enjoyed an incredible first half of the season at Plymouth Argyle, Finn Azaz needed a little time to find his feet and build connections with team-mates at the Riverside. But ending the season in encouraging form and developing a partnership with Emmanuel Latte Lath, there is high hope for the Ireland international this season.

LW - Riley McGree - His contract situation will remain a talking point until resolved this summer but, back in training after his frustrating season ended early through injury, the hope has to be that McGree and Boro can come to an agreement on a new contract. If not, new signing Delano Burgzorg will be pushing hard to take his place in the team over the summer friendlies and, with that in mind, McGree will have to be mindful of that if he doesn't want to risk his place in the Boro side.

ST - Emmanuel Latte Lath - While Boro plan to sign another striker this summer, Latte Lath ended last season with 11 goals in 12 games to leave him with an impressive tally of 18 goals in his first season. With hopes now high, and Boro willing to be patient in their striker pursuit, Latte Lath will, injury aside, almost certainly start the first game of the season.