Boro not good enough for pro­mo­tion, warns Pulis


Sunderland Echo - - News - By Richard Men­n­ear­n­ @RichMen­n­earJP face­­der­lan­de­cho @sun­der­lan­de­cho

Tony Pulis has warned the cur­rent Mid­dles­brough squad isn’t good enough to win pro­mo­tion.

Boro will be forced to dip into the loan mar­ket af­ter at­tempts to sign Muhamed Besic and Yan­nick Bo­lasie col­lapsed on dead­line day.

Pulis wanted to re-sign Besic, 25, fol­low­ing the Bos­nian mid­fielder’s im­pres­sive loan spell at the end of last sea­son – a £6mil­lion had been agreed but the deal fell through due to a dis­agree­ment over agent fees.

Boro then missed out on Mill­wall duo Ge­orge Sav­ille and Jed Wal­lace, while Everton were only will­ing to let Bo­lasie leave on a per­ma­nent deal.

The dead­line for per­ma­nent sign­ings passed at 5pm on Thurs­day night but EFL clubs can still bring in loan sign­ings un­til Au­gust 31.

A dis­ap­pointed Pulis said: “The squad isn’t good enough to get pro­mo­tion. It hasn’t got the depth or the qual­ity.

“We missed out last year in the play-offs be­cause we lacked a lit­tle bit of qual­ity in cer­tain ar­eas, and I don’t think we’ve im­proved that so far.

“When I came into the foot­ball club, the club had spent a lot of money and there were a lot of things that had to be achieved.

“If you look at the seven months I’ve been at the foot­ball club, one of the things we tried to do was get in the play-offs. I think we were too far away to win au­to­matic pro­mo­tion, but we got in the play-offs and just fell short of that.

“Then we wanted to im­prove the play­ers we have here, and I think you only have to look at Adama [Traore] and his performances and ev­ery­thing else.

“Then, we wanted to gen­er­ate enough money from in­com­ings to put the club on a sounder base.

“Again, I think we’ve achieved that with the sales of the play­ers that have gone over the past few weeks, with [Ben] Gib­son, [Pa­trick] Bam­ford and Adama.

“What we wanted to do – and what we needed to do – was im­prove in terms of bring­ing play­ers in.

“We’ve not man­aged to do that, so that’s a dis­ap­point­ment.

“It’ll be a dis­ap­point­ment for ev­ery­body at the foot­ball club,” added the Boro boss ahead of the home game against Birm­ing­ham City, man­aged by for­mer boss Garry Monk.

On the Besic deal, Pulis added: “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.”

Mo Besic deal broke down.

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