Leadbitter is a true professional –
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