Franck Queudrue outlines exactly what Middlesbrough need to survive next season

Former Middlesbrough hero Franck Queudrue has has outlined exactly what he feels the club needs to add to survive on their return to the Premier League.

Middlesbrough ended their seven-year absence from the top flight by drawing a tense and nervy Championship promotion decider against Brighton & Hove Albion at the Riverside on Saturday.

It has been dubbed 'the point worth £170 million' in the wake of the game given the vast riches on offer in the top flight next season.

But 'Boro's long-suffering supporters will be more concerned about finally rubbing shoulders with the elite once again.

Owner Steve Gibson has been rewarded for his brave decision to invest large sums in playing staff for head coach Aitor Karanka with the likes of Gaston Ramirez Stuani, Stewart Downing and Jordan Rhodes all playing key roles throughout the season.

'They will need to add a bit'

Queudrue played more times for 'Boro than any other club in his career with 150 appearances and also helped them lift the League Cup.

And the Frenchman has told talkSPORT what he feels his old club need to add in order to survive in the fiercely competitive division.

"They will need to add a bit," Queudrue told talkSPORT.

"I don't know it's difficult to say but I think they've already got some ideas about it. I would say they need more experience maybe you know in each line that would be nice.

"Obviously you always need a strike force in the Premier League, when you dominate the game you need to score goals. The end product is very important in the Premier League otherwise if you miss opportunities you will get punished."

Automatic promotion is double bonus

By clinching automatic promotion, and with the Championship season ending a week before the Premier League campaign, 'Boro - like champions Burnley - are in the advantageous position of being able to start their planning for the summer now.

That means they could get the jump on a number of sides they will be directly competing with for survival next season including whoever joins them via the Championship play-offs.

As Queudrue rightly touches on adding to their ranks up front is vital and Norwich City are a prime example while Sunderland are showing how crucial it is to have a regular goalscorer.

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