With lots to of­fer

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from Mill­wall in Jan­uary.

The Boro boss also wanted to sign Besic on a per­ma­nent deal but had to set­tle for a sea­son-long loan when trans­fer ne­go­ti­a­tions broke down.

Pulis also signed Paddy McNair from Sun­der­land al­though the North­ern Ir­ish­man may be seen as a util­ity player who could end up with more op­por­tu­ni­ties in de­fence and even as a No.10.

All of these new faces have less­ened Lead­bit­ter’s op­por­tu­ni­ties though sus­pen­sions and in­juries could yet have a bear­ing on team selection as the sea­son pro­gresses.

So Lead­bit­ter’s chance might yet come. He’ll cer­tainly be ready. It’s great for Pulis to know that he has a player of such strong char­ac­ter keep­ing the pres­sure on the rest of his mid­field­ers.

It could well be a long grind for Tony Pulis

Grant Lead­bit­ter

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