UK time is: 13:34:57
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

What has happened to Chris Baird?

I think it's safe to say that Chris Baird took a lot of flak, some deserved, during his first season for the club with some disappointing displays at right back under the dodgy management of Lawrie Sanchez.

However, those who witnessed him when at Southampton, will know he always played at centre back and did a fine job.

So, as the story goes, Sanchez was sacked and Hodgson was brought in and many thought Baird's time at Fulham was coming to an end when he was dumped to the bench with Paul Stalteri preferred at right back in the remaining games of the 'Great Escape' season.

He struggled for games last season as the team remained injury free for pretty much the whole season with only cameo roles giving him the chance to prove himself. However, when he did get time on the field, it is fair to say he impressed. Perhaps things were changing for Baird under Hodgson's management?

This season, that question has been answered. He has improved greatly and arguably been one of the standout players this season. His performance against Sofia in the Europa League was particularly impressive whilst he shone out of position in defensive midfield whilst filling in for Dickson Etuhu.

In a relatively short time at the club, he has gone from zero to hero. A lot of credit has to go to Chris himself for not moaning when he didn't play and for working hard on the training pitch to impress the Fulham faithful this season.


Bookmark and Share





Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

The Journalist

Writer: Alex Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday October 22 2009

Time: 4:29PM

Your Comments

He's much more effective in a central position - defender or defensive midfielder. I'm glad they stopped using him at fullback. I don't think he has the quality to be a regular starter, but I don't worry when he's on the pitch.
Teddy_KGB
I think credit has to go to both him for the effort and to Roy for the coaching
Oldwolf
Aahhh.... There's the Chris Baird I remember tonight versus Roma. Hey Chris... you passing to anybody in particular, buddy? Hey Chris... man on, man on, ma... aahhh. Too late!
Teddy_KGB
all credit to the lad - he could have ran after the criticism he got!
Al Billy
and when he was public enemy #1 after the bust up with Bullard!
Fulham Badger
I've had to eat my words on the guy, he's been great this season
donfulham
Sanchez played him out of position- playing right back and centre back are entirely different jobs. Hodgson pays him correctly in the centre of defence and mid-field and surprise, surprise he plays well.
Edens
ROY DOSE BRING OUT THE BEST IN PEOPLE
truth sayer ffc
 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Articles

Cresswell Interest! (Wednesday April 23 2014)

Berbatov`s Not Coming Back (Tuesday April 22 2014)

With Three Games to Play. (Monday April 21 2014)

Going Home? (Sunday April 20 2014)

Magath`s Still Confident (Saturday April 19 2014)

Stats: Spurs v Fulham (Saturday April 19 2014)

Spurs 3 Fulham 1 (Saturday April 19 2014)

Spurs v Fulham - Team Sheets (Saturday April 19 2014)

Fulham Chasing Cork (Saturday April 19 2014)

Archived Articles

List All Vital Fulham Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

Vital Members League (view all)

League Results (view all)

Latest Results
Spurs 3 - 1 Fulham
Fulham 1 - 0 Norwich
Aston Villa 1 - 2 Fulham
Fulham 1 - 3 Everton
Man City 5 - 0 Fulham
Fulham 1 - 0 Newcastle

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
14. Hull City 34 10 6 18 -9 36
15. Aston Villa 34 9 8 17 -14 35
16. WBA 34 6 15 13 -13 33
17. Norwich 35 8 8 19 -28 32
18. Cardiff 35 7 9 19 -34 30
19. Fulham 35 9 3 23 -42 30
20. Sunderland 34 7 8 19 -24 29

Breaking League News

Glazers to the Rescue
Man Utd : 24/04/2014 13:04:00
The Perfect Summary!
Man Utd : 24/04/2014 13:03:00
Martinez Interested in United Duo?
Man Utd : 24/04/2014 13:02:00
Van Gaal Misses Day-to-Day Involvement!
Man Utd : 24/04/2014 13:01:00
Could Luiz be off?
Chelsea : 24/04/2014 12:59:00
Schwarzer`s Thoughts!
Chelsea : 24/04/2014 12:58:00
Options to replace Lloris?
Spurs : 24/04/2014 10:39:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Will Fulham Be A Premier League Side Next Season?
Suggested By:  putney
Yes! 45%
No! 33%
Too Close to Call! 22%