Peltier playing for Cardiff City in 2015
|Full name||Lee Anthony Peltier|
|Date of birth||11 December 1986|
|Place of birth||Liverpool, England|
|Height||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)|
|Playing position||Right-back / Centre-back|
|2007||→ Hull City (loan)||7||(0)|
|2007||→ Yeovil Town (loan)||19||(0)|
|2014||→ Nottingham Forest (loan)||7||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16:08, 22 September 2018 (UTC)|
Lee Anthony Peltier (born 11 December 1986) is a footballer who plays for Premier League club Cardiff City as a defender. While capable of playing anywhere across the defensive line and in midfield, he primarily features at right-back or centre-back. He started his career with Liverpool before moving on to spells with Yeovil Town, Huddersfield Town, Leicester City and Leeds United, before returning to Huddersfield. He is also a former England under-18 international.
Born in Liverpool, Peltier joined the Liverpool Academy in 1997 and signed his professional contract with the club in 2004. In August 2006 he was in the first-team squad, as an unused substitute for a UEFA Champions League qualifier against Maccabi Haifa. Two months later, he made his debut in a League Cup tie against Reading on 25 October 2006. Two months later, he made his Champions League debut for Liverpool against Galatasaray. He played the full ninety minutes at right-back, Liverpool lost 3–2.
On 16 March 2007, Peltier was subject to an emergency loan cover agreement, and subsequently joined Championship side Hull City until the end of the season. He made his debut in a 4–0 victory against Southend United and went on to make seven appearances for the club.
Peltier was deemed surplus to requirements at Liverpool. In order to get more first team opportunities, manager Rafael Benitez loaned him to League One club Yeovil Town on 31 July 2007. Eleven days later, he made his debut in a 1–0 defeat against Huddersfield Town. Although a right-back, Peltier played as a midfielder during a FA Cup match against Torquay United in November, but switched back to his original position against Gillingham after one week. On 31 January 2008, he signed permanently with the club and penned a three-year contract. He ended the season, making 38 appearances in all competitions.
On 30 June 2009, he joined fellow League One side Huddersfield Town on a three-year contract for an undisclosed fee, taking the number 2 shirt vacated by Andy Holdsworth. He made his debut in the 2–2 draw against Southend United at Roots Hall on 8 August 2009. Peltier was switched from right-back to left-back for Huddersfield's game against Millwall due to the usual left-back Dean Heffernan being out with a dead leg. He was Town's first choice left-back keeping the position for the remainder of the regular season. Peltier helped Town to reach the play-offs in League One playing at left-back for the first leg at home to Millwall, but was forced to return to his usual position of right-back for the second leg at the New Den due to an injury to Tom Clarke in the first leg of the play-off semi final.
Peltier was voted the Players Player of the Season, in his first Season at Huddersfield Town, after making a total of 50 appearances in all competitions as Huddersfield finished 6th in the regular season before losing 2–0 to Millwall in the Play-Off semi-final second leg on 18 May 2010. In July 2010, Peltier was linked with a £3 million pound move to QPR managed by Neil Warnock. However, in August 2010, he signed a new contract at Huddersfield to extend his contract until 2014.
On 16 November 2010, he scored his first goal for Huddersfield in their FA Cup first round replay against Cambridge United at the Galpharm Stadium, where Town came from 1–0 down to win 2–1. His first league goal for Town came in their 3–1 win against Milton Keynes Dons at stadium:mk on 22 April 2011.
On 18 May 2011, Peltier scored his third goal for Town in their victory over Bournemouth in the League One play-off semi-final. In his last game for the club, Peltier failed to gain promotion at Huddersfield after losing 3–0 to Peterborough United in the 2010–11 League One Playoff final.
On 22 June 2011, Peltier signed for Championship side Leicester City, becoming Sven-Göran Eriksson's first signing of the summer after agreeing a three-year deal at the King Power Stadium. The fee was reported to be around £750,000 as part of a package worth over £1 million. On 6 August 2011, Peltier scored the winning goal during his league debut, against Coventry, in the opening game of Leicester's 2011–12 season. Over the total of the season Peltier made 40 league appearances, and was the club's first choice right-back, ahead of John Pantsil.
In July 2012, after the club signed Belgian right-back Ritchie De Laet, Leicester City announced that Peltier was not part of their long-term planning, and this triggered transfer interest from his former club Huddersfield Town and Leeds United. Both clubs allegedly bid around £600,000 but the bids were rejected by Leicester City who had set an asking price of £850,000. Leeds agreed a fee with Leicester for the purchase of Peltier on 3 August.
Peltier joined Leeds United on 4 August 2012, and signed a three-year contract with the club. He became the club's 10th signing of the summer. Peltier made his competitive debut for Leeds playing at centre-back in the first game of the season against Shrewsbury Town in the League Cup on 11 August. Peltier was announced as the new Leeds United captain on 18 August, replacing the departed captain Robert Snodgrass. Peltier made his league debut for Leeds in their 1–0 victory against Wolverhampton Wanderers. Peltier picked up an injury and was ruled out of the match against Charlton Athletic on 23 October.
During the season, Peltier had a spell in the side playing out of position at left-back. His poor performances there lead to many fans seeing him as the weak link in the side. However, he was then moved to the centre of the defence, putting in a string of good performances, including an heroic performance in a 2–1 win at home to Tottenham. In contrast, his performances at centre-back led to praise from many fans. Following the arrival of Brian McDermott as manager and an injury to Sam Byram, the United captain started the last two games of the season, at home to Brighton and away to Watford in his usual position of right-back.
After much speculation regarding the captain's armband, despite captaining Leeds during 2013–14 pre-season and for the opening two games of the season, Peltier was replaced as captain by teammate Rodolph Austin who returned to the side against Leicester City on 11 August 2013.
On 24 March, Leeds announced that Peltier had signed for Nottingham Forest on loan, however Forest owner Fawaz Al-Hasawi announced the same day that the deal hadn't been completed, With confusion over which club Peltier was contracted to. On 27 March 2014, Peltier moved on loan to Nottingham Forest, only hours after their sacking of Billy Davies as manager. Peltier was favoured in a central midfield position for Forest under caretaker manager Gary Brazil. With Forest appointing Stuart Pearce as the new manager, Peltier revealed upon his return to Leeds that he wasn't sure what his future would hold.
Return to Huddersfield Town
On 23 June 2014, Peltier left Leeds United, with the club terminating his contract. On the same day, Peltier rejoined former club Huddersfield Town on a three-year deal. He took the number 37 shirt which he wore during his loan spell at Nottingham Forest at the end of the previous season. On 7 August, he was named as the new captain, replacing Peter Clarke, who left at the end of the previous season. He made his second debut for the Terriers in their 4–0 defeat by A.F.C. Bournemouth on 9 August. On 16 October, he was relieved of his duties as captain, replaced by new signing Mark Hudson.
On 24 January 2015, it was confirmed that Peltier had signed for Cardiff City penning a deal until the summer of 2018. He made his debut for the club, a week later in a 2–0 loss to Derby County, and went on to help Cardiff push away from a relegation battle and finished mid-table.
In February 2017, Peltier underwent an operation on his ankle, which meant a long-term absence from the first-team squad. He eventually made his return on 17 April, against Nottingham Forest. Despite an injury-ridden season, he made 28 appearances and was rewarded with a two-year contract extension.
Peltier is a former youth international player having represented his native England at international level, he has been capped at under-18 level three times during his time as a player at hometown club Liverpool but has not yet been capped at a higher level than under-18s to date.
Style of play
Though mainly a right-back, Peltier also plays in the centre-back position. He has said that right-back is his favourite position. He does not move up the flanks and shoot crosses; instead he only plays as a defender. Wales Online wrote that he "does not fit the modern stereotype of what we now expect from a full-back, as he is not particularly swashbuckling or flashy."
- As of match played 22 September 2018
|Club||Season||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Europe||Other||Total|
|Hull City (loan)||2006–07||Championship||7||0||0||0||0||0||—||—||7||0|
|Yeovil Town||2007–08[b]||League One||19||0||1||0||1||0||—||2[c]||0||23||0|
|Huddersfield Town||2009–10||League One||42||0||3||0||2||0||—||3[d]||0||50||0|
|Nottingham Forest (loan)||2013–14||Championship||7||0||0||0||0||0||—||—||7||0|
- Appearance in UEFA Champions League
- Peltier made 23 appearances on loan for Yeovil before joining permanently on 31 January 2008
- Appearances in Football League Trophy
- Two appearances in Football League One play-offs, one appearance in Football League Trophy
- Three appearances and one goal in Football League One play-offs, five appearances in Football League Trophy
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