Charlton Athletic player Nathan Byrne, who is on loan from Wigan Athletic, has been forced to play out of position by Karl Robinson since his arrival in the January transfer window and has “hated” it, according to Robinson when he spoke to the London News Online.

The Latics winger who joined the Addicks outfit on loan in the winter transfer window has been forced to play out of position by Charlton’s manager, Karl Robinson.

Nathan Byrne’s natural and favoured position is as a right-sided winger, and despite the fact he can play as a wing-back, it is his less favoured position but has been forced to largely play in that role since putting on a Charlton shirt.

On bank holiday Monday, where Charlton saw out a convincing 3 – 0 victory in the “El Kent Classico” against local Gillingham, Byrne featured as a right-back. The Wigan loanee’s feature saw his appearances as a player in a Charlton shirt reach double digits.

It is also worth mentioning that, Byrne was part of a Charlton defence which secured their first clean sheet since the Addicks game against Millwall in January, at The Valley.

Robinson has been forced to play Byrne out of position due to injuries and suspensions of fan favourite, Chris Solly.

Speaking to the London News Online, Karl Robinson said that Byrne “hates” playing in a right-back position.

“Nathan doesn’t want to play right-back – he hates it,” said Charlton boss Karl Robinson. “When I tell him he’s playing there he does what he has to do for the team.

“For a loan player to play out of position is important. It is the type you want in a club.”

Byrne echoed his thoughts of playing in a right-back position in comparison to his preferred winger role but said that he is just enjoying his time playing.

“Before I signed here I spoke to the assistant Richie [Barker] and said I’d love to come – as long as I’m not playing right-back.

“Sols got a red card and I had to fill in for three games and then he got injured and I was in for another four or five. I’ve spent a lot of my time there.

“The worst part is one-v-one defending – when someone is doing what you like to do to them. When you turn that around and they are running at you, it’s not very enjoyable.

“But I’m happy I’m playing. That’s the main thing. It has been a frustrating couple of years for me personally, getting on the pitch is a good feeling.”

READ: Could Wigan Athletic lose Nathan Byrne in the upcoming window?


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