Blackburn Rovers boss Gary Bowyer boosted by double defender deal

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BLACKBURN Rovers last night moved to strengthen their defensive options by signing Alex Baptiste on a season-long loan from rivals Bolton Wanderers and agreeing a new contract for Markus Olsson.

The double deal is a big boost for Rovers boss Gary Bowyer having previously had just four senior defenders on his books.

The versatile Baptiste will spend the whole of the 2014-15 season at Ewood Park after completing his loan switch from Bolton although he will not be able to play in either Championship match against his parent club.

The 28-year-old, who can play anywhere across the back four, was a regular for the Whites last season.

He made 43 appearances and scored four goals including Bolton’s consolation in their 4-1 derby drubbing at Rovers in August.

Vastly experienced, Baptiste played 190 times for Blackpool, helping them win promotion to the Premier League in 2010, before joining the Whites on a free transfer last summer.

Baptiste’s arrival came hot on the heels of left back Olsson, 26, ending the uncertainty over his future by putting pen to paper on a one-year deal.

The Sweden international’s impressive performances at the end of last season, when he deputised for the injured Tommy Spurr, went a long way to ensuring he won a new contract.

Bowyer said: “I’m delighted that he has re-signed for another year.

“He has had to wait a long time due to the performances of Tommy Spurr but the level of displays that he put in at the end of the season against Birmingham, Charlton and Wigan show what a valuable member of the squad he is.”

Earlier in the day Rovers’ other out-of-contract player, veteran midfielder David Dunn, also signed a new one-year deal.

It means fans’ favourite Dunn will extend his stay at his hometown club into a 14th season.

Dunn, Olsson and Baptiste, who has been on tour with Bolton in Scandinavia, will not feature for Rovers in their pre-season friendly opener away to AFC Telford United today (3pm).

Baptiste, meanwhile, is currently on police bail after allegedly attacking a man who touched his wife’s bottom.

The Bolton News reported on Tuesday that Baptiste was arrested on suspicion of actual bodily harm after a brawl outside UBER bar in Poulton le Flyde, near Blackpool, on Saturday, June 28.

Josh Morris, meanwhile, has spoken of his delight at re-signing on loan for League One new boys Fleetwood Town.

The Rovers midfielder, who helped Fleetwood win promotion last season, said: “The success last season was a real big pull. I really enjoyed playing my football here and I hope I can carry it on this season.

“We spoke at the end of last season and if we could get the deal done, then it would be done. There was a bit of interest elsewhere but my first thought was always Fleetwood.”

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10:11am Sun 13 Jul 14

Harwoodstblue says...

"The28 year old, who can play anywhere across the back four"
Not quite correct Paul. Baptiste had some poor perfomances for Bolton last season but puts that down in a recent interview to "being played out of position" He's not a left back and openly admits it but Bolton insisted on playing him there. The season ended with him being dropped.
Baptiste is comfortable in central defence or right back so take note GB. Play him in his best position/s and we'll probably get the best out of him.
"The28 year old, who can play anywhere across the back four" Not quite correct Paul. Baptiste had some poor perfomances for Bolton last season but puts that down in a recent interview to "being played out of position" He's not a left back and openly admits it but Bolton insisted on playing him there. The season ended with him being dropped. Baptiste is comfortable in central defence or right back so take note GB. Play him in his best position/s and we'll probably get the best out of him. Harwoodstblue
  • Score: 6

10:18am Sun 13 Jul 14

dallydally says...

Time will tell. I think Baptiste is a very average signing
Time will tell. I think Baptiste is a very average signing dallydally
  • Score: -2

11:35am Sun 13 Jul 14

greenscreener says...

Harwoodstblue wrote:
"The28 year old, who can play anywhere across the back four"
Not quite correct Paul. Baptiste had some poor perfomances for Bolton last season but puts that down in a recent interview to "being played out of position" He's not a left back and openly admits it but Bolton insisted on playing him there. The season ended with him being dropped.
Baptiste is comfortable in central defence or right back so take note GB. Play him in his best position/s and we'll probably get the best out of him.
With Spurr and Ollsen performing reasonably well at left back last season I doubt GB is really thinking he needs this for more cover there, I think the majority view last season was that he needed to sort out Right Back and Centre Half cover. This would appear to help in that regard so hopefully another positive step forward.
[quote][p][bold]Harwoodstblue[/bold] wrote: "The28 year old, who can play anywhere across the back four" Not quite correct Paul. Baptiste had some poor perfomances for Bolton last season but puts that down in a recent interview to "being played out of position" He's not a left back and openly admits it but Bolton insisted on playing him there. The season ended with him being dropped. Baptiste is comfortable in central defence or right back so take note GB. Play him in his best position/s and we'll probably get the best out of him.[/p][/quote]With Spurr and Ollsen performing reasonably well at left back last season I doubt GB is really thinking he needs this for more cover there, I think the majority view last season was that he needed to sort out Right Back and Centre Half cover. This would appear to help in that regard so hopefully another positive step forward. greenscreener
  • Score: 7

12:01pm Sun 13 Jul 14

Harwoodstblue says...

greenscreener wrote:
Harwoodstblue wrote:
"The28 year old, who can play anywhere across the back four"
Not quite correct Paul. Baptiste had some poor perfomances for Bolton last season but puts that down in a recent interview to "being played out of position" He's not a left back and openly admits it but Bolton insisted on playing him there. The season ended with him being dropped.
Baptiste is comfortable in central defence or right back so take note GB. Play him in his best position/s and we'll probably get the best out of him.
With Spurr and Ollsen performing reasonably well at left back last season I doubt GB is really thinking he needs this for more cover there, I think the majority view last season was that he needed to sort out Right Back and Centre Half cover. This would appear to help in that regard so hopefully another positive step forward.
I agree but Baptiste took some criticism at Bolton last season after Freedman insisted in playing him out of position. We could see some better performances from him at RB or CD but if he plays RB what does that mean for Lowe? Midfield, if so what about Evans ?
[quote][p][bold]greenscreener[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Harwoodstblue[/bold] wrote: "The28 year old, who can play anywhere across the back four" Not quite correct Paul. Baptiste had some poor perfomances for Bolton last season but puts that down in a recent interview to "being played out of position" He's not a left back and openly admits it but Bolton insisted on playing him there. The season ended with him being dropped. Baptiste is comfortable in central defence or right back so take note GB. Play him in his best position/s and we'll probably get the best out of him.[/p][/quote]With Spurr and Ollsen performing reasonably well at left back last season I doubt GB is really thinking he needs this for more cover there, I think the majority view last season was that he needed to sort out Right Back and Centre Half cover. This would appear to help in that regard so hopefully another positive step forward.[/p][/quote]I agree but Baptiste took some criticism at Bolton last season after Freedman insisted in playing him out of position. We could see some better performances from him at RB or CD but if he plays RB what does that mean for Lowe? Midfield, if so what about Evans ? Harwoodstblue
  • Score: 3

12:34pm Sun 13 Jul 14

greenscreener says...

Harwoodstblue wrote:
greenscreener wrote:
Harwoodstblue wrote:
"The28 year old, who can play anywhere across the back four"
Not quite correct Paul. Baptiste had some poor perfomances for Bolton last season but puts that down in a recent interview to "being played out of position" He's not a left back and openly admits it but Bolton insisted on playing him there. The season ended with him being dropped.
Baptiste is comfortable in central defence or right back so take note GB. Play him in his best position/s and we'll probably get the best out of him.
With Spurr and Ollsen performing reasonably well at left back last season I doubt GB is really thinking he needs this for more cover there, I think the majority view last season was that he needed to sort out Right Back and Centre Half cover. This would appear to help in that regard so hopefully another positive step forward.
I agree but Baptiste took some criticism at Bolton last season after Freedman insisted in playing him out of position. We could see some better performances from him at RB or CD but if he plays RB what does that mean for Lowe? Midfield, if so what about Evans ?
Playing players in positions whee they are not comfortable is a recipe for disaster but I wouldn't worry about Lowe too much, there is plenty of scope for his energy in midfield, or defence and he seems happy to play wherever he's needed. It's a long season and we need a strong squad to cope with inevitable injury, suspension and some rotation, But he's so much better off this season than last it's quite encouraging.

Adaptable players give GB options, but I think the real test this year could likely be what he's learned about the 'positive' use of subs.
[quote][p][bold]Harwoodstblue[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]greenscreener[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Harwoodstblue[/bold] wrote: "The28 year old, who can play anywhere across the back four" Not quite correct Paul. Baptiste had some poor perfomances for Bolton last season but puts that down in a recent interview to "being played out of position" He's not a left back and openly admits it but Bolton insisted on playing him there. The season ended with him being dropped. Baptiste is comfortable in central defence or right back so take note GB. Play him in his best position/s and we'll probably get the best out of him.[/p][/quote]With Spurr and Ollsen performing reasonably well at left back last season I doubt GB is really thinking he needs this for more cover there, I think the majority view last season was that he needed to sort out Right Back and Centre Half cover. This would appear to help in that regard so hopefully another positive step forward.[/p][/quote]I agree but Baptiste took some criticism at Bolton last season after Freedman insisted in playing him out of position. We could see some better performances from him at RB or CD but if he plays RB what does that mean for Lowe? Midfield, if so what about Evans ?[/p][/quote]Playing players in positions whee they are not comfortable is a recipe for disaster but I wouldn't worry about Lowe too much, there is plenty of scope for his energy in midfield, or defence and he seems happy to play wherever he's needed. It's a long season and we need a strong squad to cope with inevitable injury, suspension and some rotation, But he's so much better off this season than last it's quite encouraging. Adaptable players give GB options, but I think the real test this year could likely be what he's learned about the 'positive' use of subs. greenscreener
  • Score: 7

6:36pm Sun 13 Jul 14

noddy57 says...

Gary Bowyer knows what he wants and up to now l cannot fault him.
Gary Bowyer knows what he wants and up to now l cannot fault him. noddy57
  • Score: 4

3:25pm Mon 14 Jul 14

Super CIaret says...

Shocking signing.

Staying down forever.
Shocking signing. Staying down forever. Super CIaret
  • Score: -2
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