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Simpson is Mr Versatile

17 January 2013

Robbie plays everywhere - even in goal

Robbie Simpson relishes the role of being Latics' Mr Versatile.

The 27-year-old's adaptability has even reached a new level this season with an appearance in goal.

Simpson, who has occupied a variety of attacking and midfield positions, has been speaking about being about his roving role in the team.

He explained: "I suppose my versatility can be a hindrance because I have no settled position in the team.

"I prefer to look on it as a positive that I am clever enough to play in a number of different positions and the manager trust me to do so."

Simpson, pictured in his goalkeeping kit against Swindon Town, added that it is "vital" for clubs, especially those with smaller budgets, to have versatile players.

He pointed out larger clubs also accommodate them pointing to Everton's Phil Neville as a prime example as he can play anywhere along defence and midfield.

Simpson explained that Manchester United's Wayne Rooney and Danny Welbeck are also players comfortable playing either up front or in midfield.

As for his favourite playing position, Simpson relishes the No 10 role just behind the front man.

"I understand why I am not getting a run in my preferred role because Jose Baxter is doing so well in that position," he explained.

Simpson added that his second preference is playing the lone man up front.

He says he does not believe he is as effective playing wide left, as he has done recently, but is happy to play there if it is for the good of the team.

Simpson had arguably his best game of the season, however, playing wide left in the FA Cup with Budweiser victory at Nottingham Forest where he scored twice in the 3-2 victory.

"It was slightly different as Forest played with three central defenders and I was pushed forward on the player who was on the right of the three so wasn't out on the wing," he explained. 

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