Middlesbrough are currently in a promising position to kick on and secure promotion to the Premier League via the automatic places.
The Championship club have looked completely redefined under Tony Pulis in the current campaign, with their unbeaten record still intact. Indeed, Boro will have their sights set firmly on securing automatic promotion to the Premier League after making such a fine start to proceedings.
However, Pulis hasn’t always been at his best and he may have missed a trick during the summer transfer window, so things could all come tumbling down as the season progresses.
Therefore, here’s a look at two of Pulis’ biggest blunders…
Adama Traore situation
Adama Traore was Middlesbrough’s standout performer during his time at the Riverside, but the Championship club had to let him go when Premier League side Wolverhampton Wanderers triggered his release clause.
However, the Boro boss has failed to bring in a direct replacement for the Spaniard after missing out on Yannick Bolasie, who opted to move to Aston Villa.
And, against Leeds United they struggled to offer something special in the final third and found themselves on the back foot at times, so Pulis’ failure to bring in a replacement for Traore has left them with no end product at times.
Middlesbrough have switched between three at the back and a flat back four at times this season, but the constant changes could cause problems in the future.
Indeed, being settled as a side in a formation that everyone is familiar with is vital when it comes down to ensuring consistency and grinding out results, but setting up in a more negative way won’t necessarily benefit you when you face up against some of the better sides.
Wolverhampton Wanderers, Fulham and Cardiff all kept very similar shapes and always offered a positive outlook no matter what side they came up against in the last campaign, and it’s safe to say this worked wonders for them.
Only securing a point against Leeds United was a perfect example of this in their last Championship outing.
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