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Middlesbrough should be gutted to be losing Aitor Karanka signing Antonio Barragan

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Middlesbrough should be gutted to be losing Aitor Karanka signing Antonio Barragan

The Middlesbrough defender has been in fine form at loan club Real Betis.

Middlesbrough came up short in their hunt for Premier League football last season. After relegation under Aitor Karanka, they could not quite make their way back to the top-flight under the guidance of both Garry Monk or his replacement Tony Pulis.

Next season they are however in a great place to try again and push for promotion to the Premier League.

New faces are bound to arrive at the club and Middlesbrough also have several loanees who will hope to have an impact at the Riverside next season. Unfortunately for Boro, one of them will not be returning.

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Antonio Barragan has played a qualifying amount of games to earn a permanent move to La Liga side Real Betis permanently this summer. The reason why it is bad news is the form he showed at the Benito Villamarin this season.

 

The 30-year-old had an excellent season with the Verdiblancos. A regular in the right-back position he featured 31 times in all competitions for the club. He also managed a very impressive six assists and was one of the more consistent performers for the Seville side.

It was such form that Karanka had hoped for when Barragan was signed by Middlesbrough in a deal worth around £1.5 million in the summer of 2017. Whilst he did not have a terrible season on Teesside, it was nowhere near as impressive as he has been with Betis this term or in his previous stint at Valencia.

Barragan is now on his way out of the club and Middlesbrough never got to see the best from the 30-year-old full-back. Judging by his displays for Betis this season, that appears to be a real shame.

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