Q&A Special - Blackburn View on Alex Baptiste

  • June 24, 2015 | By Chris Mann
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After a superb season on loan at Blackburn Rovers, a local news reporter shares his views on Alex Baptiste's time at Ewood Park.

Baptiste joined Rovers last July, after falling out-of-favour under previous Bolton boss Dougie Freedman, and went on to enjoy a campaign that saw him come close to a number of Player of the Year awards.

In our latest edition of Q&A, the Lancashire Telegraph's Blackburn reporter Paul Wheelock (@PaulWheelock) gives his opinion on the debate about Baptiste's strongest position, which game stood out as his strongest, as well as whether or not he would like to see the player remain with Rovers.

Q: Alex Baptiste had a fairly solid debut campaign at Bolton, only to lose his place towards the end of the season. After spending 2014/15 on loan at Blackburn, for whom he made 34 appearances, scoring three times, how would you sum up his time at Ewood Park?

A: Impressive, particularly toward the end of the season when he was moved into his natural position of centre-back. Before then he did a job at right-back, where his three goals came from.

Q: Upon joining Rovers last summer, Baptiste was quick to criticise Wanderers for playing him out of position. He's also played across the back-four during his time out on loan - what would you say is his strongest position?

A: Centre-back, unquestionably. He proved in the FA Cup ties against Liverpool - he heroically played on one leg in the replay after injury - what a good operator he is there.

Q: Baptiste has 12 months remaining on his contract at Macron Stadium, but has openly stated his desire to remain at Blackburn. Neil Lennon has expressed an interest in retaining the player's services, but would you like to see him return to Ewood Park if the opportunity arose?

A: Definitely, if not this summer, then in a year's time, when hopefully he is a free agent.

Burnden Aces would like to thank Paul for taking the time to answer our questions. You can read more of his views by following him on Twitter - @PaulWheelock - or by heading on over to the Lancashire Telegraph website.

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