Another former Bournemouth man, but in an area of the field where Bournemouth do seem a little light. On paper the Cherries have 4 out-and-out centre-backs. Former Brighton pair Steve Cook and skipper Tommy Elphick closed out the season superbly at the heart of the defence, even out performing there previous efforts in the League 1 promotion the previous season. Last summer Howe signed Norwich defender Elliot Ward. Ward’s height and power provided competition in the ranks, however his injury prone history cropped up again missing several months of the campaign. Then you have Miles Addison. The former club captain under Paul Groves spell at the helm has since lost the arm band and his place in the starting XI. Addison spent the vast majority of last season on the bench and even didn’t make the squad in many games, closing it out on loan at Rotherham. He appears disinterested and in the fierce competition that is the Championship he is not suitable back-up for Cook and Elphick.
Now we have the possible signing, Baudry. At the time of his exit from Dean Court, I questioned the decision as from the few chances he was given Baudry proved himself to be good on the ball and not afraid to mix it with the most physical strikers in the league. Since his departure he has built a great reputation at Leyton Orient. He was an ever-present in their side that made the play-off final. although he did miss his penalty in the shoot-out as Orient fell to Rotherham. Baudry fits the bill for Eddie Howe with his ability to cope with the ball at his feet and his signing was shortly after Howe’s exit from Bournemouth so he may have been a target in Howe’s first spell at the club. Watch this space.