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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