Middlesbrough supporters in the Transfer Tavern have been making a lot of noise in the last few weeks following their side’s fine start to the new Championship season.
Tony Pulis’ men were tipped by many during the summer to be battling for promotion to the Premier League this time round, and their start suggests that they may do just that given they sit top of the Championship just a few weeks into the season. Boro began the campaign with a 2-2 draw at Millwall but have since beaten both Sheffield United and Birmingham City to propel to the summit, a position fans will be hoping they stay in for the duration in a bid to return to the top-flight.
As such, there are many happy Middlesbrough fans up and down the country, yet some still feel that further reinforcements could be necessary in the final few weeks of the loan window, which shuts on August 31.
And a Pulis reunion with £3.15 million-rated midfield enforcer Claudio Yacob (as per Transfermarkt) could prove to be a very shrewd move by the Boro chief, especially given that the 31-year-old is currently out of contract.
The former Argentina international is without a club after leaving West Brom at the expiration of his contract earlier this summer, thus bringing to an end a six-year stint at the Hawthorns in which time he appeared 224 times for the Midlands outfit.
And Pulis will know all about Yacob’s qualities as the midfielder was a regular under the new-Boro chief during his near-three year spell at the club, making 34 Premier League appearances in the 2015/16 campaign as West Brom finished 14th, before appearing 33 times the season after as Pulis led them to a tenth place effort.
Thus, it’s pretty clear that the 31-year-old was a stalwart in Pulis’ midfield during the manager’s time at the Hawthorns to underline how much he rates him and indeed that he can get the best out of him – thus, a move can only be good news for Boro as they seek to return to the Premier League this season.
Yacob may not have played any Championship football in his career to date, but he has all the qualities a midfielder needs to succeed in the second tier, be it ability on the ball in helping move the ball from back to front, as well as off it in tenaciously hurrying opposition midfielders, and indeed being very strong in the tackle.
And on a free transfer, given the Argentine is without a club, it could prove to be a very shrewd move by Pulis to reunite with the 31-year-old, as were he to get the best out of him once again, Middlesbrough would have a very accomplished central midfielder to add to their array of options in that department.
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