With the European transfer window and EFL domestic loan window slamming shut imminently, Middlesbrough manager Tony Pulis will be feeling the pressure to sort out any potential outgoings as soon as possible.
The Riverside outfit have had an strong start to the Championship season, unbeaten in their first four, with ten points. The stoical manager can afford to be very pleased with how things are going so far.
After scraping a draw away at Millwall after going 2-0 down, Middlesbrough have been truly firing in the Championship, and look set for a good season challenging at the top-end of the Championship table.
With the Boro side in such fine form, those not part of the first team set-up at Elland Road must be fearing their time at the club could soon be up.
With that in mind, here are two players who Pulis should sell imminently if they don’t start performing…
The winger has great pace, but after arriving at Middlesbrough strongly, he has failed to show he has the technical ability to make in as a Middlesbrough player.
With ‘Boro starting so strongly, it seems unlikely Johnson will get anywhere near the side. Unless he can impress Pulis in training soon, the clock is ticking for the manager to move him out of the club.
Julien De Sart
The 23-year-old Belgian’s Middlesbrough career has never really got going. He spent last season back in Belgium on loan with Zulte Waregem.
The defensive midfielder could likely go back to his homeland, or at least find another loan deal domestically or in Europe.
He has a limited time left to show Tony Pulis what he can do to save his career at the North-East club. The Belgian youth international is nearing an age where he really ought to be playing football week-in, week-out.