Middlesbrough manager Tony Pulis has spoken out about striker Ashley Fletcher, and has given the 23-year old some advice on how he can break into the current Boro side.

Middlesbrough signed Fletcher from West Ham United in 2017 for a fee of £6.5 million, but has only managed one Championship goal in almost two years at the club.

The former-Hammer was linked with a move away in the summer, with Hull City reportedly linked, and the Tigers could renew their interest in January.

However, Tony Pulis has given his say on the matter, and spoken out about how Fletcher can improve and break into the Boro team going forwards.

In an interview which appeared in the Sunderland Echo, Pulis stated that Fletcher’s personality was the biggest obstacle.

“I think the big thing with Fletch is his personality. He’s got to come out of himself. Technically, he’s a very, very gifted player, but it’s not technique alone that gets you there.

“His personality, he’s got to be… you can go through a training session and not notice Fletch being there and he’s got to grow.

“He’s going to be a late, late developer. As a kid he’s an absolutely fabulous lad and technically he’s excellent, we just want him to grab it.”

Fletcher started at Manchester United’s highly-regarded academy, and since then has moved to West Ham via Barnsley on loan, and then on to Middlesbrough, before another loan spell, to strugglers Sunderland last season.

“He’s been at Man United, he’s left, he’s gone to West Ham, and he’s left and he’s come to us and he’s got to start grasping it.”

“At Sunderland the crowd gave him some stick so to get over that, that was a bit of character for him.

“You’d think that would give him that bit of edge. But there is a player in there.”

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