Cardiff City’s Callum Paterson has admitted he prefers playing as a striker after what he called a ‘poor’ performance at right-back in Scotland’s win over Albania.
As reported by the Glasgow Evening Times, Patterson stated that right-back is his ‘least favourite position’ to play, having been converted to a striker by Bluebirds boss Neil Warnock.
Paterson has started 10 of the club’s Premier League matches this season, all up front, having scored 10 goals in the Championship up-top last campaign.
However, he was forced into the defensive role for Scotland on Saturday due to the withdrawals of Kieran Tierney and Stephen O’Donnell.
On his performance in Shkoder, he said:
It’s been a long time since I played right back. It’s not my favourite position. It’s one of my least favourite positions, to be honest. But I’m happy to do a job wherever I’m asked, though. Grezda was a handful, but you have to look after yourself. I didn’t really do that in the first 15 to 20 minutes. I got into the game as it wore on though. There was a bit of ring rust.
It wasn’t getting chucked in at the deep end, but it’s not something I’ve done for a long time. I was happy to help the team in any way I can. The shape of the team looked good, but I wasn’t too pleased with my performance. It wasn’t very good to be honest.
I wasn’t happy with my delivery. I gave away too many fouls and got the yellow card (for a foul on Grezda early on). It wasn’t really my night. But I was just glad the rest of the boys did well and got us the result.
Patterson is likely to lead the line for the Bluebirds away at Everton this weekend, and his goals could prove vital in keeping the club away from the relegation zone.