Tony Pulis

Tony Pulis: Middlesbrough transfer window a disappointment

After signing just three first-team players in Adrien Flint, Paddy McNair and Jordan Hugill and missing out on a host of players, Tony Pulis has been reflecting on what was a disappointing transfer window.

‘It’s a disappointment for everyone at the football club’

Speaking in a recent interview Pulis stated,

“When I came into the club, the club had spent a hell of a lot of money, lots had to be achieved.

“If you look at the seven months I’ve been here, one of the things we tried to do was get into the play-offs. We did that, but just fell short.

“We wanted to improve the players we had here. You only have to look at Adama for that.

“And (we wanted to) generate enough income and money to put the club on a sounder base, which again I think we’ve achieved with sales of players who’ve gone, Gibson, Bamford and Adama.

“What we wanted and needed to do was also improve in respect of bringing players in, which we’ve not managed to do.

“That’s a disappointment. It’s a disappointment for everyone at the football club.”

“There are still openings to do stuff. But as I’ve said, the fact of the matter is we went after quite a few players yesterday and never managed to get them over the line for all sorts of reasons.

“Everyone has to realise we’re trying our damndest.”

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)

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, however, it does look as though he feels Boro have not done enough to improve upon their current squad.

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