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Arca: The Next Craig Hignett?
Julio Arca – his contract is up in summer and he is a top earner. Even if he had been the best player in the team his future would be uncertain. His form has improved under Mowbray and went on a scoring streak toward the end of the season.Will he turn out to be the next Craig Hignett?
Didier Digard – remember him? He left on loan to Nice at the start of the year but is still on Boro’s books. With his reported £40,000 a week, that would make him the top earner at the club Mowbray will look to move him on permanently as soon as possible.
Andrew Taylor – Came back from loan at Watford and has secured a place on the left wing since. However, his high wages from premiership days combined with Watford’s interest in taking him back looks like he will depart in the summer. Though he has some ability, his lack of pace means he should hbe relatively easy to replace.
Tarmo Kink – the Tallinn Torpedo promised much at the start of the season with skill, pace and a desire to shoot at every given opportunity. However, he has failed to find a place in the starting line up and has managed just a handful starts this term so far. Inconsistency has been his enemy and with a couple of years left on his contract his future seems mainly dependant on an offer coming in for him.
Ritchie Smallwood – Guess what? Another youth team product. Has come into his own at the end of the season, he was given his chance by Mowbray and has seized his opportunity with both hands. Works tirelessly and not afraid to put challenges in, will remind people of Cattermole’s early days, only a little less rash! Although he is unlikely to be a regular next season he could play a role when injuries come to the starting players.