Scott Parker welcomed new signing Ryan Christie to Vitality Stadium today after snapping the Scot up on transfer deadline day from Celtic.
The former Celtic man is known for his versatility in both midfield and attacking roles, playing either as an attacking midfielder, winger or even as a main striker with Parker admitting it gives him options, but does see the Scot as a player who will play more centrally as an attacking midfielder.
“Versatility brings you options, so that will definitely be the case, but I do see him in the central positions,” the head coach revealed to Nerve Sport.
“I see that is where he can operate best, but when you have the quality and the versatility that Ryan has it’s an added string and certainly I wouldn’t want to pigeon hole him in anyway.
“Like I say, I see him central and more around the middle of the pitch but at the same time I also see someone who is very comfortable off the sides as well.
“We will have to see how that develops over the coming weeks with the amount of games we will play.”
Christie played 151 times for Celtic scoring 41 goals, contributing a further 44 assists in his time at Parkhead. The 24-year-old also has 23 caps for Scotland and is seen by many as a coup for the Dorset club.
It remains to be seen if Christie will start against Barnsley this weekend having only taken part in a light training session on Thursday but the attacking midfielder will certainly add goals and creativity to Parker’s side this season.