Middlesbrough must use January transfer window to fill void left by Adama Traore exit

Middlesbrough manager Tony Pulis watches on from the technical area during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Middlesbrough at Elland Road on August 31, 2018 in Leeds,...

Adama Traore left Middlesbrough for Wolverhampton Wanderers last month.

Adama Traore of Wolverhampton Wanderers celebrates after scoring a goal to make it 0-1 during the Premier League match between West Ham United and Wolverhampton Wanderers at London Stadium...

Middlesbrough made some shrewd additions to their Championship side for this season, evident in their unbeaten start to the current campaign.

Winger Adama Traore was one of the players who left the Riverside, with the 21-year-old joining Premier League side Wolverhampton Wanderers. 

And, in the wake of Traore's departure, Middlesbrough have lacked a creative outlet, suggesting that they still need to fix that particular key area of their side.

 

Tony Pulis's side have been excellent so far this season but, aside from their two strikers, the promotion hopefuls have lacked a creative midfielder who can also score goals.

Traore left a big void when he departed the Riverside and the Spaniard is yet to be replaced, with defender Ryan Shotton and the left-footed Stewart Downing recently playing on the right wing.

Adama Traore of Middlesbrough during the Sky Bet Championship Play Off Semi Final:Second Leg match between Aston Villa and Middlesbrough at Villa Park on May 15, 2018 in Birmingham,...

The Wolves man provided ten assists in the Championship campaign for the Boro last term and recently scored for last season's Championship winners in his first game.

Boro may be in a good run of form but, as the Championship schedule gathers pace, it will be important for Pulis to make plans for the January window to fill the void left by their former key man. 

Middlesbrough Manager Tony Pulis during the Sky Bet Championship Play Off Semi Final:Second Leg match between Aston Villa and Middlesbrough at Villa Park on May 15, 2018 in Birmingham,...

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