What do we know about new 'Boro signing Dwight Tiendalli?

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The Suriname-born Dutch international has signed for Middlesbrough from Swansea on loan this week, but what can 'Boro fans expect from him?

Dwight Tiendalli signed for the Teessiders as a late addition to their promotion charge from the Sky Bet Championship, where he can operate at both sides of the defence - right or left back  - bringing some experience to a back four affected by injuries.

The 29-year-old has enjoyed a good schooling at some of the top clubs in the Dutch Eredivisie, having started his career at FC Utrecht in 2005. There he played 41 top flight games before a transfer to Feyenoord for €2 million. Tiendalli was hampered by injuries at the Dutch giants and was loaned out to Sparta Rotterdam before a 2009 transfer to FC Twente where he really made his name.

In making 71 appearances, Tiendalli was a major part of the team that won the 2009-10 Eredivisie league title under manager Steve McClaren, the defender's first season at the club. This lead to a UEFA Champions League campaign in which he made three appearances, before featuring further when FC Twente were eliminated but entered the Europa League. 

It was then-Swansea manager Michael Laudrup who brought the defender to the Premier League where Tiendalli became an important squad member at the Liberty Stadium, and played a part in the club's historic League Cup triumph in 2013, appearing as a substitute in the 5-0 triumph over Bradford City.

Shortly after this, in June 2013, Tiendalli made his first international appearance for the Dutch national team in a 3-0 friendly win over Indonesia, having featured heavily at all youth levels for the Netherlands.

But the defender still failed to cement a first team place and Middlesbrough have this week taken Tiendalli on a loan until the end of the season, and he will also be available for a play-off campaign. 'Boro will be hoping it doesn't come to that, however, and Tiendalli's experience and versatility could be vital as Aitor Karanka's men look to make that final push for automatic promotion.  

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