AFC Bournemouth defender Charlie Daniels says he needs to ‘take his chance’ having been deployed in a new role in Sunday’s defeat at Manchester United.
As reported by BT Sport, Daniels was asked to play at centre-back rather than left-back by boss Eddie Howe as the Cherries’ injury list continues to grow.
Howe, who usually utilises a traditional four at the back formation, has changed to a three centre-back setup several times in recent weeks.
On Sunday, Daniels found himself playing as the left-sided centre-half, with summer signing Diego Rico fulfilling the left wing-back role.
The 32-year-old has not been able to nail down a regular place in the starting XI this season, starting 13 of the club’s 20 Premier League matches.
He is expected to keep his place for tomorrow night’s clash with Watford at Vitality Stadium, where the Cherries will be looking to return to winning ways following defeats to United and Tottenham Hotspur.
On his new role, Daniels said:
It’s different, I’m learning, it’s a new position, and with the injuries we’ve got I’ve got to step up and play there. It’s not just me, all of us need to step up and improve.
We have got a lot of injuries, but it just gives opportunities for other players to play, and they need to take their chance. It was the same old mistakes, costing us (at Manchester United). So it’s down to us now really to cut that out.