Middlesbrough manager Tony Pulis believes his team are worse now than when they lost to Aston Villa in the Sky Bet Championship Playoffs last season.
Boro come up against Birmingham on Sunday and Pulis insists this current team is inferior to the one that was eliminated from the second round of the playoffs last season.
The club had a miserable transfer deadline day after failing to bring in any additions despite letting some of their key players leave the club a few days before.
A move for Everton’s Mohammed Besic fell through after the financial framework behind the deal and a loan move for the Bosnian international looks very unlikely due to Everton’s disappointment towards Boro.
A loan deal to bring Yannick Bolasie from the Toffees to the club looks more likely to happen at this moment.
Pulis was disappointed at the club’s inability to price Jed Wallace and George Saville from Millwall while Queens Park Rangers rejected all their advances for midfielder Luke Freeman.
“At the moment the team that will play on Saturday will not be as strong as the one that made it to the semis of the playoffs last year and that’s obvious,” Pulis said, according to Northern Echo.
“The squad isn’t good enough to get promoted to the Premier League. We don’t have the depth of the quality. We missed out last year but we’ve failed to improve our team to stand a chance of taking the next step this year.”