Is Tony Pulis recreating his best side with emphasis on wingers at Boro?

Tony Pulis the head coach

Boro brought in a new winger on Tuesday - one who could inspire the club to recreate the best of Tony Pulis.

Tony Pulis the head coach

Tony Pulis' style of play may have been criticised at West Brom, but it was only once his system was no longer effective and results tailed away that the manager really came under pressure.

Similarly, Stoke City sought a more attractive brand of football after Pulis departed, but there is no doubt that he was popular in his time in the Potteries as the club became established in the Premier League.

And while that Stoke side may be best recalled for its rugged defending and terrifying long throws, the team could tear opposition apart with speedy attacking on their day.

TOPSHOT - Swansea City's English defender Alfie Mawson (R) is booked for this challenge on Middlesbrough's Spanish midfielder Adama Traore during the English Premier League football match...

Pulis' men peaked in a 5-0 FA Cup semi-final win over Bolton Wanderers, with Stoke's wingers terrorising the opponents' back line.

It would make sense for Pulis - now again chasing promotion - to hark back to those days and he appears to be doing just that at Middlesbrough, with a clear emphasis on deploying exciting wingers.

The Boro boss is getting a tune out of Adama Traore and then added exciting England Under-21 talent Jack Harrison on Tuesday.

While the appeal of both players is more about potential right now than proven quality, they have the skills to run at defences - and Harrison in particular possesses the necessary quality to supply Britt Assombalonga.

Jack Harrison of England looks on during a England U21 Training Session at St Georges Park on October 4, 2017 in Burton-upon-Trent, England.

At the very least, the option of having two speedy attackers running at a defence on either flank should occupy the minds of opponents and give Assombalonga more space to work in.

Pulis is considered a defensive coach, but his ambitions for this Boro side look to be set on reminding onlookers of the kind of football he is capable of delivering.

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