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Howe: Fogden can cut it in defence

Posted: Thu 04 Jul 2013
Author: afcb.co.uk

Wes Fogden has proved to be a versatile performer in his time at the Goldsands Stadium.

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Manager Eddie Howe has revealed that he is working with versatile performer Wes Fogden to try and convert him into a full-back during pre-season.

Fogden will spend the summer adapting to the new position with a view to providing cover for Simon Francis next season.

The former Brighton trainee notably played at left-back for more than an hour in the vital win at Stevenage in March and Howe is confident Fogden can successfully make the transition.

“We have two full-backs who, in the main, stayed fit last season but we were lucky in that respect. So, we felt we needed cover,” he told afcb.co.uk.

“I’m not saying that will be his sole position because he will be used in different roles over the course of the season, but it will be another string to his bow.

“I have to say, he’s done really well in training so far. As always, his attitude has been exemplary and he’s taken the challenge by the scruff of the neck.

“He’s actually a very good one-v-one defender, and we’ve seen that many times in training where he’s very difficult to get past.

“We feel he has the qualities and just needs to spend some time in that role, but if it doesn’t work out then we haven’t lost anything and he will revert to be either a central or wide midfielder.

“There’s no pressure on him. It’s just a chance for us to have a look at him and see how he develops.”

Howe believes that Fogden, who was playing in the Conference South with Havant & Waterlooville two years ago, is more than capable of making the step up to play in the Championship.

“It’s been a dramatic rise for him, but no one deserves it more than Wes Fogden because he’s been a joy to work with,” he said.

“We’ve got some excellent professionals here and he’s up there with the best of them in terms of how he trains and how he prepares himself.

“Nothing would please me more than to see him have a successful season this year.”