Danish Striker Martin Braithwaite, who is currently on loan at Leganes in Spain, has blasted Boro’ manager Tony Pulis, claiming his “kick and rush” tactics are “strange” and said he won’t return to the Riverside.
Teesside Live report (via Ekstra Bladet [in Danish]) the player said it was the “negative” style of Pulis that saw his form dip, and added that the move was not what he had been told it would be prior to joining.
He said: “I’m not coming back to Middlesbrough, I can’t imagine that.
“The project I was presented with at Middlesbrough changed completely when Pulis arrived. He has a strange way to play football. The team plays defensively with long balls. It’s really kick and rush. It doesn’t look so good to me.
“It’s the reason I didn’t play much at Middlesbrough but I never complained.”
He went on to say how happy he is in Spain, but does not believe Leganes have the money to make the deal permanent, but wants a move to a club that he can stay at for a while, where his family can settle down.
“Leganes have no purchase option on me. I’m very happy to be at the club, but I don’t think it’s a place I’m going to continue because they probably can’t pay the transfer fee for me.
“I want a little more stability with regards to my football future. (I want to) find a club where I can play for a long time, not least for my family’s sake. I have three children of nine, eight and three.”
While he may not appreciate the tactics of the manager, and prefer a different style of football, as a player, he is not there to make decisions about how the team play.
He is there to put the ball in the back of the net, which he failed to do after the summer transfer window closed and he did not get his move away that he was angling after.
Seeing his form dip so sharply from September suggests more of a player that was sulking as opposed to one that “never complained”.
As with any player, if they don’t want to be at the club, then good riddance to them.
Fans that pay good money to watch their team, deserve to see players for whom the shirt means everything.
Anything less is insulting to those fans and their teammates, and getting players like that out of the club is the right thing to do.
What do you think of Braithwaite’s comments Boro’ fans? Does he have a point about the tactics? Are you glad to be rid of him? Let us know your thoughts…
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