Lead­bit­ter is a true pro­fes­sional –

Sunday Sun - - Football -

GRANT Lead­bit­ter led by ex­am­ple in the Carabao Cup tie at Pre­ston last week and con­tin­ues to show what a great pro he is. The club cap­tain has never al­lowed his stan­dards to drop de­spite be­ing eased out of the first team pic­ture this sea­son. At 32, the fans may feel that Lead­bit­ter’s best days are be­hind him. But the skip­per still has a great deal to of­fer as he proved at Deep­dale.

Lead­bit­ter is a steady player who is al­ways in the thick of the ac­tion.

He is as­tute at play­ing the right ball at the right time to take the pres­sure out of dif­fi­cult sit­u­a­tions.

Clearly Grant is well aware that he faces a bat­tle on his hands but no doubt he will con­tinue to work as hard as ever on the train­ing ground and be ready when the time comes.

There were in­di­ca­tions dur­ing the sum­mer that Lead­bit­ter might no longer be an au­to­matic first choice this sum­mer.

As a re­sult he was linked with a move to Ai­tor Karanka’s Not­ting­ham For­est and also a pos­si­ble re­turn to Sun­der­land.

How­ever it ap­pears that Pulis was keen to hold on to his re­li­able cap­tain to en­sure that com­pe­ti­tion for places re­mained hot across the mid­dle of the park.

Hope­fully Lead­bit­ter will get his chances this sea­son though the likes of Ge­orge Sav­ille, Mo Besic and Jonny How­son are ahead of him in the peck­ing order.

And Adam Clay­ton is cur­rently pro­duc­ing the form of his life to stay at the fore­front of Pulis’s thoughts.

Sav­ille is one of Pulis’s ma­jor sum­mer sign­ings and will com­plete a per­ma­nent £7m move to Boro

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