, 5 points to take from Middlesbrough’s loan window deadline day

5 points to take from Middlesbrough’s loan window deadline day

Middlesbrough were one of the busiest sides on deadline day in the loan window, with two players leaving and two players arriving.

Here are five points to take from Middlesbrough’s loan window deadline day.

1. Danny Batth signs from Wolves, but do Boro need him?

With Middlesbrough favouring a 5-3-2 formation in recent weeks, there is more of a need for cover at centre-back. Dael Fry, Aden Flint and Dani Ayala are the preferred choice at the moment, with emerging 16-year old Nathan Wood the next in line.

Maybe Pulis feels it’s a little bit too soon for Wood given his tender age, and he has brought in experienced Wolves club captain Danny Batth to provide competition for places.

2. Middlesbrough have not addressed their lack of width

Last season, Middlesbrough had Marvin Johnson, Stewart Downing and Adama Traore as their only natural wingers. However, two out of three have departed, with Johnson moving to Sheffield United on deadline day, and Adama Traore leaving for Wolves earlier in the window.

Yannick Bolasie, Albert Adomah and Jed Wallace were all reportedly ‘close’ at one point or other, but Boro failed to get anyone through the door to address the lack of width left by the departing duo.

3. Adomah travels to Middlesbrough but talks break down

Numerous factors meant Boro weren’t able to get their man on deadline day. Adomah is surplus to requirements at Villa, and was keen to join his former club Middlesbrough.

Reports suggest that Adomah had travelled to Teesside for a medical ahead of a proposed loan move but nothing came to fruition.

4. No Jason Puncheon

Another name that was linked numerous times on deadline day was Crystal Palace’s Jason Puncheon, but the 32-year old turned out to be just another Boro target the club missed out on.

5. George Saville adds to already fierce competition in midfield

Middlesbrough’s midfield was excellent against Leeds, with Adam Clayton picking up the man of the match award, and Jonny Howson and Muhamed Besic playing out of their skin at Elland Road.

New signing Paddy McNair isn’t able to get into the starting eleven at the moment, and George Saville will add even more competition for places. Lewis Wing is another who is also fighting for a starting berth after an impressive start to the season.

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