Tony Pulis is renowned as a blunt manager that doesn’t mince words with his players. That has served him well over the years, but it has also created some tense relationships with various players.
Likewise, the manager has no qualms with not selecting a player that he deems to be unworthy of a place. That may be the case with current player Paddy McNair.
The former Man United man may have joined in the summer, but he has certainly needed to work to earn a starting berth.
Whilst Pulis has turned to McNair in the League Cup so far this season, the 23-year-old Northern Ireland international is yet to start in the Championship so far this term.
What makes this harder to believe is the fact that McNair is so versatile. He is capable as playing in midfield, or as a centre-back, and has started in both positions in the League Cup this term. However, that still hasn’t been good enough to warrant a starting place for The Boro in the league. The possibilities of playing increase significantly when this versatile, but that still has not been enough for Pulis.
On the other hand, being able to cover so many positions on the field makes McNair the perfect bench player. No matter what situation the game is at, the Welshman can turn to McNair to replace a number of players, which is a huge asset to any manager.
The Boro have made a great start to their season, and Pulis will not want to change anything that is working so well, however, McNair will be hoping for his chance soon.Like what the TT have on offer? Sign up for more notifications!