Middlesbrough manager Tony Pulis says he is looking for a left-back and to improve the amount of pace in his team when the January transfer window opens.
Boro have lost Sam McQueen with the Southampton loanee having returned to St Mary’s after undergoing surgery on an anterior cruciate ligament injury.
The defender was stretchered off against Crystal Palace in the Carabao Cup tie last month and will miss the rest of the season. Pulis confirmed that he will be seeking a replacement:
“That’s (McQueen) not there anymore. So we need to improve (in that position).”
The Middlesbrough boss also outlined plans to recruit more pace in the attacking third of the pitch. He believes it is something that his squad is currently desperately lacking:
I think everybody knows, I’ve said it enough times, you need power and pace. We desperately need that, and that’s what we’re looking for.”
“We’re solid enough, we’ve got midfield players who, on their day, are technically very good, and we can certainly hold our own there. But it’s the top end of the pitch where we need more goals and pace.”
It’s likely that Boro will look to strengthen both on the wings and up front, but their move for a striker is likely dependent on selling Ashley Fletcher.
The former Manchester United and West Ham forward hasn’t featured in the league since August and it is being reported that the Teessiders are prepared to let the 23-year-old leave.