Why Michael Carrick believes Middlesbrough will be an attractive prospect to potential signings

Middlesbrough head coach Michael Carrick (left) with Rav van den Berg
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Michael Carrick believes Middlesbrough will be an attractive prospect for potential signings this summer, with a combination of the club's ambition and their recent record of player development important factors.

Carrick has already made clear his ambitions next season to build on the positives of this season in order to challenge for promotion. While they don't intend to sign 12 players again like last summer, they undoubtedly will have to add to their squad in the summer transfer window in order to achieve that.

Not in a position where they will necessarily always be the most financially lucrative move on offer to a player, Boro have to sometimes rely on alternative means to convince players on the move to Teesside - with last summer signing of Rav van den Berg a fine example where, with the guarantee of game time and individual development, he turned down some of Europe's elite in favour of Boro.

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Morgan Rogers is another example of a player who could have opted to stay part of Manchester City last summer and headed out on another loan. Instead, he was convinced to move to the Riverside and while the plan wasn't to lose him so soon after, in just over six months they increased his value more than tenfold and he earned a Premier League move to Aston Villa. Boro will hope for similar success in recruitment this summer and Carrick is confident in the work being done.

Asked if he believed Middlesbrough were an attractive prospect to potential targets this summer, Carrick said: “I certainly hope so, and it’s something we spoke about a lot. We’re not losing sight of the fact, we want to build a good team and we want to be a successful team. To do that, we need good players.

"Sometimes that can be younger players who you develop a bit and help them take the next step in their careers, sometimes it might be the case that we need a more senior player for extra experience around the group. So I think we’ve shown we’re willing to do both sides of that and if that is attractive to other players and gives us a chance of bringing other players in then fantastic."

Carrick hopes their development of young players is one particular factor that will make Boro an attractive prospect . Though Boro are keen to develop as a team and not lose key players, Rogers is a classic example of what they can offer to ambitious individuals - with a clear track record of aiding growth.

Carrick added: "In terms of Morgan [Rogers], from my point of view, I take great satisfaction in seeing him do so well. He’s a fantastic lad. Of course, we don’t want to lose many - or any at all really. But to see him go and do so well is really pleasing."