Middlesbrough: Fan’s View 2016-17

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Middlesbrough fan Graeme Bandeira, 42, from Harrogate, sets the scene on the new Premier League season.

Verdict: After the play-off defeat against Norwich City at Wembley in May, 2015, Aitor Karanka ensured that last season would be hangover-free. Boro were consistently strong, albeit with a few setbacks along the way. We finished the season strongly and momentum is evident. The whole club feels on a high and everyone is excited about our first season back in the Premier League since 2009. We have made a statement of intent in terms of this season with some staggering signings. I expect a fruitful season and one where we can remain watertight at the back but hit teams on the counter-attack thanks to the devastating pace we have in the squad. That, plus the goalscoring talent of Alvaro Negredo and Jordan Rhodes means we could surprise quite a few. Aitor’s pragmatic approach could also see us infuriate the opposition and we will be no soft touch for anyone. I don’t see us being in any trouble and there is every chance that we could finish in the top half of the table.

Key man: Alvaro Negredo. A top signing and one that can make a real impact in such a competitive division.

Advice to manager: Don’t go AWOL again!

What will make or break your club’s season: The need for a healthy supply line to Negredo and Jordan Rhodes. We need a regular supply of goals and I think we will manage it.

What changes are needed off the field: None. Everything is in place and fans are buoyant and expectant ahead of what should be an exciting season.

Which team would you like to most beat and why: Manchester United. A mouth-watering affair as two good friends in Aitor Karanka and Jose Mourinho lock horns. It should be a fascinating clash.

Champions: Manchester United look really strong and Jose knows how to win the Premier League title.

Relegated: Swansea City, Burnley, Hull City are heading for the drop.

Predicted finish: Tenth.