Tony Pulis has spoken once again of his frustration in the transfer market - with the Middlesbrough boss warning that a lack of new additions could see his side slide down the table.
Pulis has so far been left disappointed in his quest for new recruits, with the Boro manager keen to strengthen after losing several key players during the summer transfer window.
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The likes of Adama Traore are still yet to be properly replaced and - despite a strong start to the season - Pulis believes that the side will 'fall away' if they fail to increase their squad depth.
“We’ve done absolutely brilliant (so far)," he said, speaking to the Teesside Gazette.
"The players that are here have worked very, very hard and got some great results, but over a season of 46 games - and if you throw the cups in as well - you need a squad of players to see you through.
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"At the moment our depth is just not strong enough, the quality in the group has to be improved and the depth has to be improved otherwise I’m absolutely convinced we’ll just fall away."
Reports this week suggested that Middlesbrough had been unsuccessful with a bid to sign Liverpool midfielder Marko Grujic, while the Mo Besic saga continues to rage on as Championship rivals Leeds continue to be linked with a swoop.
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And Pulis confirmed that he had been trying to bring in new faces this week, but failed to get any signings over the line as he targets reinforcements in practically every position.
"We’re trying to do it," Pulis admitted.
"We’ve been trying to do it this week and unfortunately we’ve not been able to get anyone in again.
"Obviously we’ve got a couple of weeks to go but we need to do it, we need to get players in.
"I hope we can do it, the players are there it’s just going out and getting it done really.
“I’ll settle for something at the moment, never mind everything.
"We need to strengthen in all areas, I think that’s important. Centre-half we are fine but other areas we need to strengthen."