Defender Danny Batth has had his loan spell at Middlesbrough cut short to complete a permanent move from Wolves to Stoke City, per the club’s official website, and Boro fans have been quick to react on Twitter.
Boro took Batth on loan in the summer after Wolves’ promotion and the centre-back made 13 appearances in all competitions, per Transfermarkt.
Indeed, he has never played in the Premier League, though he has made a total of 160 appearances in the second tier, once again according to Transfermarkt.
Batth played 90 minutes in Boro’s last three Championship games, in draws with Derby County and Millwall as well as the win over Birmingham City.
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BBC report that Stoke have paid £3million to sign the former Wolves captain and he has signed a three-and-a-half year contract.
Boro are currently fifth in the Championship, 10 points behind leaders Leeds United and seven behind second-placed Norwich City in the automatic promotion spots.
Stoke, by comparison, are 15th, and Boro fans have been left frustrated by the defender heading down the table.
So when the window started and we were going to strengthen the squad when does the strengthening begin? At the moment I don’t see a stronger squad. If your giving up on promotion be nice enough to tell us. Good luck to danny quality centre back
— Mark Barry (@MarkBarry4) January 29, 2019
Bye bye playoffs. Pulis will now use it as an excuse for not getting promotion.
— Kevin Jackson (@KevinJa51265336) January 29, 2019
Terrible news !! By far the best CB at the Boro, our loss definitely Stoke’s gain !! All the best Danny and thanks for your efforts at @boro
— Russ Jordan (@RussJordan10) January 29, 2019
A god damn disgrace! This club is a joke
— Jono Morris (@jonomorris1) January 29, 2019
That’s quite sad really. Smashing bloke but he deserves to do the best for his family I guess. All the best Danny
— Alan Hunton (@huntyhouse) January 29, 2019
— SJM (@Sjmcwh) January 29, 2019
Whenever I think our transfer business can’t get any worse, boro admin : pic.twitter.com/SVgBRKnQRs
— Ross (@Rossss77) January 29, 2019
Why did we let that happen? Baffles me.
— King Pulis (@KingPulis) January 29, 2019