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Middlesbrough on the ascent as Gastón Ramírez helps them sink Hull

Middlesbrough's Gaston Ramirez

Gastón Ramírez harbours unhappy memories of Hull and will doubtless have enjoyed taking his frustrations out on Mike Phelan’s spirited but under-powered team. Dispatched to Humberside on loan by Southampton two years ago, the Uruguayan struggled with injuries and poor form, and it took a transfer to Teesside to help restore him to former glories.

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Sunderland's Victor Anichebe with manager David Moyes

Victor Anichebe flew to Los Angeles in May and spent the next three months soaking up the California sunshine. The 28-year-old striker had just been released by West Bromwich Albion after what can politely be put as an unproductive, non‑scoring season under Tony Pulis and Premier League clubs were not exactly queuing up for his services.

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Middlesbrough's Gaston Ramirez

Middlesbrough on the ascent as Gastón Ramírez helps them sink Hull

Gastón Ramírez harbours unhappy memories of Hull and will doubtless have enjoyed taking his frustrations out on Mike Phelan’s spirited but under-powered team. Dispatched to Humberside on loan by Southampton two years ago, the Uruguayan struggled with injuries and poor form, and it took a transfer to Teesside to help restore him to former glories.