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Lee Peltier: The West Brom view on Middlesbrough's newest arrival
Friday, 2nd Jul 2021 15:40 by Phil Spencer

Middlesbrough completed their fourth signing of the summer after confirming the arrival of Lee Peltier.

The 34-year-old has signed a one-year contract at the Riverside Stadium following his release from former club West Bromwich Albion at the end of last season.

So what can supporters expect from the experienced defender? We caught up with Louis Bent of The Baggies Podcast to get the lowdown.

What do you make of Middlesbrough’s decision to sign Lee Peltier?

It’s a good move for you, Neil Warnock knows him very well having managed him at 3 different clubs now. I’m sure that Warnock knows how to get the best out of him and will utilise his experience very well.

Why didn’t things work out at West Brom?

Peltier came in with the expectation that he wasn’t ever going to be a starter. Slaven Bilic brought him in with a view that he’d provide experience during a tricky championship campaign. I don’t think he suited either Bilic or Allardyce’s styles to be honest so he never really got a starting spot.

What are his key strengths and weaknesses?

His pace is a certain weakness as I mentioned when he came up against a winger with agility and speed he began to struggle. Reading of the game would be a pro for Peltier as his experience means he‘s able to intercept and cut out opposition passing lanes.

What is the general reception of West Brom fans to his exit?

I think most Albion fans were fairly unmoved when it was announced that Peltier was to depart from the club, as he's never nailed down a place and was never expected to. However, he's a model professional and we'll surely miss having him in the dressing room.

What is Lee Peltier’s best position?

Peltier played at both sides of Full-Back during the few starts he made for Albion. He started at Left-Back in the 5-0 defeat to Leeds, where he looked all at sea and was taken for a spin by winger Raphinhia. However he played very well at Right-Back against Spurs in a 2-0 away defeat and I thought he performed excellently in that fixture, battling hard and keeping their attacking riches relatively at bay. Therefore I feel at Right-Back he’d be decent.

At 34 years of age what will he offer Middesbrough?

He’ll definitely offer you experience in the dressing room and certainly a good bank of footballing know-how. He’s a great professional and will always give 100% when called upon.

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