Middlesbrough have been rather impressive this season as they go on in search of promotion to the Premier League.
The Teesside club are more than ready to challenge for an automatic promotion place with an incredibly strong squad at Tony Pulis’ disposal. Although, the Boro boss is weighing up potential loan moves away from the Riverside Stadium, as according to The Northern Echo, Pulis is preparing to let young talents go out on loan.
Indeed, Middlesbrough’s young guns have been told they are unlikely to be thrust into Tony Pulis’ starting line-up in the Championship promotion race unless they have proven themselves on a lengthy loan deal.
Dael Fry, Lewis Wing Nathan Wood, Marcus Tavernier and Harry Chapman all featured midweek against Preston in the Carabao Cup, but only the first two names have had a significant role to play this season.
“Dael, Woody … there’s a group here who need to get 30/40 games behind them. Players are not made the way they were 20/30 years ago. They need that toughness.
“The only way they’ll get it is going out on loan. Wingy has come back stronger mentally and physically after a year at Yeovil playing week in, week out. Tuesday, Saturday. He’s got used to the rigours.”
Middlesbrough will be keen to send a number of their youngsters out on loan for them to earn regular minutes, with the hope that they can enjoy a breakthrough in the first team at some point in the future.
Indeed, there’s plenty of promising prospects coming up through the youth ranks and already in and around the first team, but now is not the right time to integrate them amid a promotion push.