Joleon Lescott has told the Birmingham Mail that he hopes a stint at left-back will only be temporary.
The experienced defender has forged a successful career at centre-half – one that has taken him from Wolverhampton Wanderers to West Bromwich Albion via Everton and Manchester City.
He is a man with 26 England caps to his name and Premier League, FA Cup and League Cup successes on an enviable CV.
Lescott is considered to be an important figure at The Hawthorns, with the 32-year-old snapped up as a free agent last summer in an effort to bring top-level experience to the Baggies ranks.
He has been a regular throughout the 2014/15 campaign, but has also been shifted to an unfamiliar role by Tony Pulis in his last two outings and is eager to address the issue of his standing in the team with the new man at the helm.
Lescott said in the Birmingham Mail: “The manager has asked me to do a job and I can do that but I see myself as centre-half
“I came here to play centre-half. I feel I have been doing well doing that. I am sure the manager’s real focus is me playing there and hopefully that is the case.
“That is what is best for the team, I am not a left-back. I might be able to play there and hold my own now and again but we need specific players in their right positions.
“Will I speak to him? Yeah, but I am not going in there banging on his door to see him.
“We will assess the whole team, it is not going to be about me and my role, it will be an assessment of how we can improve.”
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Lescott has made one Premier League and one FA Cup appearance at full-back, and his numbers in a top-flight meeting with Tottenham Hotspur suggest he may be wasted out of the middle.
His clearance numbers have been considerably higher when operating at centre-half, while he is also able to take charge of aerial battles from that post.
There is also an argument for suggesting that his physicality is wasted on the left of a defensive unit, with West Brom looking for commanding figures to help guide them away from relegation danger.