Tony Pulis

Tony Pulis highlights lack of depth in Middlesbrough squad after disappointing deadline-day

Speaking in his pre-match press conference earlier today ahead of Middlesbrough’s clash with Birmingham tomorrow, Tony Pulis has spoken about a poor transfer window in terms of adding depth and on Boro target, Mo Besic.

‘What we’ve wanted and needed to do is improve, which unfortunately we haven’t’

“Last year we had targets, and managed to reach the play-offs and improved the players we had here,”

“But I think the reason we fell short was because of a lack of depth. 

“We generated enough income and enough money this summer to put the club on a sound financial base, which I think we did with the sales of [Ben] Gibson, [Patrick] Bamford and Adama.

“What we’ve wanted and needed to do is improve, which unfortunately we haven’t managed to get those players through the door.

“That’s a desperate disappointment, and it will be a disappointment to everyone within the football club.

“There’s still openings to sort stuff, and there has to be more depth to this squad. It’s got to be a busy next few weeks.”

Wenger and Pulis

WEST BROMWICH, ENGLAND – MARCH 18: Arsene Wenger, Manager of Arsenal (L) and Tony Pulis, Manager of West Bromwich Albion (R) embrace prior to the Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion and Arsenal at The Hawthorns on March 18, 2017 in West Bromwich, England. (Photo by Alex Morton/Getty Images)

‘I’d love to have him back’

Pulis also commented upon Mo Besic who was close to joining Boro on a permanent deal on deadline-day before it broke down in the final hour.

“I’d love to have him back.

“But I don’t want to put any blame on Mo. It’s not just Mo, there were eight or nine players who fell through for all sorts of reasons. 

“We’ve had a real positive start on the pitch.

“That disappointment’s got to be washed away, and the supporters have to get behind the boys.”

A poor season

At the start of the 2017/18 season, Middlesbrough were one of the favourites to win automatic promotion.

This is hardly surprising given the players they kept hold of, the money they spent and the manager they had signed.

However, despite Gary Monk having a good 2016/17 season with Leeds, he was useless at Boro.

By Christmas Middlesbrough were not even close to a playoff spot, this was simply not good enough and as a result, Monk was replaced by Tony Pulis on Boxing day.

Pulis did his best to sort Monk’s mess out and did guide Boro to the playoffs. However, they lost 1-0 to Aston Villa over two legs.

Pulis was then keen to improve his squad for the 2018/19 season and judging by what was said in his press conference today, he feels Boro have not yet done enough, although they can still add players in the loan window.

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