Bryce Stanton @usborofan
Middlesbrough had a busy start to the week in the goalkeeper department. Last year’s first-choice keeper Joe Lumley completed a season-long loan move to Championship side Reading. Also set to leave on loan is 21-year-old Sol Brynn, who is rumored to be joining League Two side Swindon Town. Brynn spent half of the season as the third-choice keeper and the other half on loan at Queen of the South F.C and should look to gain valuable experience for a side that is battling for promotion.
The final move out is for Zach Hemming, who will spend another season in Scotland at Kilmarnock. Hemming appeared in 39 matches for Kilmarnock last season, allowing only 24 goals, with fifteen clean sheets. The reigning Kilmarnock Young Player of the Year will look to continue his success for Kilmarnock who has been promoted to the Scottish Premiership.
BORO SIGNS AWARD WINNER TO OFFSET DEPARTURES
To offset these departures, Middlesbrough are set to sign Northampton keeper Liam Roberts to a two-year deal pending a physical. Roberts swept the player of the year awards vote for the Cobblers, winning Supporters’ Player of the Season and Players’ Player of the Season.
Roberts led the EFL League Two with 21 clean sheets, and a second-best save percentage of 76.3%, allowing 0. 83 goals per ninety minutes. He should slide in as a solid second-choice keeper as Boro continues their search for a number one keeper. Currently, the only other experienced keeper on Boro’s roster is Luke Daniels, who made only twelve appearances with Boro last season.
NEW KEEPER COACH READY TO GET TO WORK WITH ROBERTS
Regardless of who wears the number one shirt for Boro next year, they will work with a new goalkeeper coach. Manchester United’s Alan Fettis has agreed to join Middlesbrough F.C as the new goalkeeper coach. Fettis has worked in Manchester United’s Academy since 2011 and has been the Head of Academy Goalkeeping since 2018. The former Northern Ireland keeper comes with a wealth of experience, having worked with David de Gea, Dean Henderson, and Edwin van der Sar.