Middlesbrough manager Tony Pulis has spoken to Gazette Live to discuss the club’s future recruitment plans, stating that they need to be “a lot cleverer” in their recruitment.

Middlesbrough manager Tony Pulis has come out to discuss the club’s future recruitment plans, with the club looking to spend less money where possible to try and build for the future.

With his one year anniversary with the Championship club coming up, Pulis has impressed in his time with Middlesbrough. However, he is looking to cut spending on players where possible to bring in players with high potential for cheaper prices.

“What you want to do really, the aim of this club has to be that we get the best players before anyone else sees them as being the best players,” Pulis told Gazette Live. 

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“So we’re not buying them at £15m, £20m, £30m, we’re actually buying them at £1m or £200,000 or £300,000. We’re the first team that gets them for other clubs to come and buy them off us.

“That’s got to be the principle the recruitment people work on.

“It’s no good coming to me and saying Thierry Henry is a good player when he’s at Monaco because there’s no way in a million years we can afford Henry. That’s what I’m talking about.

“The lad Kante went to Leicester. Everyone talked about him, Leicester did it and they sold him for a fortune.

“So we need to be in that market where we’re finding them before everyone else. To do that is difficult, because we need to get up to the level that other clubs are, and they’re trawling those areas and we need to trawl those areas.

“We need to be a lot cleverer.”

Pulis has insisted that he is very happy with life at Middlesbrough and how things work on Teesside, but admits he is looking to reshape the recruitment process.

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“We’re working very hard to improve the recruitment side of things, and that is absolutely massive,” he added.

“That’s most probably the biggest thing this football club has to do over the next two or three years, make sure that is brought up to a top level. We’re working really hard behind the scenes to improve that in lots of respects.

“The data that we receive is important, and then it’s about actually going out and trawling all the different leagues, and watching them ourselves. We’re underway in doing that now, so there are lots of things that people don’t see, that’s going on and will hopefully benefit this football club in the next five or six years.


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