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Pulis must have a plan up his sleeve with interest in star duo

Pulis must have a plan up his sleeve with interest in star duo

According to The Bristol Post, Middlesbrough are willing to listen to offers for forwards Britt Assombalonga and Martin Braithwaite.

This would have been a strange rumour at the beginning of the season, as the duo were playing fantastically for Boro. However, as the season has progressed, the Congolese and Danish forwards have had to settle for more and more bench appearances.

Between them, they both have nine goals in the Championship this season, but four of Assombalonga’s six were scored in August and September, while all three of Braithwaite’s were scored in August.

The Dane’s form seemed to drop at the end of the August transfer window, as he clearly wanted a move away. Once that did not come to fruition, his relationship with manager Tony Pulis may have soured.

Fortunately for the Welshman, the form of Jordan Hugill has meant that he has had other options up front, but this still remains one glaring weakness for Middlesbrough. In fact, despite being sixth in the league, only four teams have scored fewer goals than Boro this season, which is something that Pulis will want to address in his pursuit for promotion.

However, the last thing that supporters would want to see is a number of their current strikers looking close to leaving. All that they can hope is that Middlesbrough have some players lined up to replace them. The main concern is seeing how many forwards the club will need to sign. With two stars possibly on the way out, and an attack that is severely underperforming, Pulis must have a plan up his sleeve.

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