Blackburn Rovers defender Derrick Williams has said that he now only wants to be considered as a centre-back, after talking with manager Tony Mowbray about making the move from left-back to the heart of defence.

In the wake of injury problems last season, Blackburn Rovers man Derrick Williams was utilized at centre-back on a number of occasions, often filling in for the likes of Darragh Lenihan and Charlie Mulgrew, who spent spells on the sidelines last season.

Now, after filling in at centre-back for the injured Lenihan in Saturday’s 2-0 defeat at the hands of Fulham, Williams has now revealed that he has told Mowbray that he is keen to focus on playing centre-back, especially now that Greg Cunningham has come in to compete with Amari’i Bell in the left-back role.

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“I had a chat with the manager and said I wanted to focus on centre half,” Williams told the Lancashire Telegraph.

“He said he was going to bring in a left-back and I said that was fine because I wanted to back my ability and try and focus on being the best I can in one position. That’s what I will try and do, work on my aggression a bit more. I thought on the ball and composure I was fine.”

The move to centre-back is a sensible one for both Williams and Rovers. With Bell and Cunningham competing for the left-back spot and the club short on centre-back options, Williams focusing on transitioning into becoming a natural centre half gives Mowbray more confidence in playing the Republic of Ireland international while almost guaranteeing more first-team minutes.


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