Baird was recently announced as the club’s latest signing under the ex-Real Madrid assistant and he seems determined to have a positive impact for the Rams, regardless of where the manager decides to install him in the side.
“It's up to the manager. If he plays me in the holding midfield role or anywhere across the back, I don't mind. As long as I'm playing football,” he said.
“I know it's not going to be easy but I'm going to work hard here and, hopefully, get the opportunity to play a lot of games.”
“There are sides in the Premier League that don't get the crowds that Derby do, so it will be nice to get them week in, week out.”
Defence or midfield?
There is merit in using him across the back four or across the middle of the team.
His experience will be useful in each area; his organisation will help the defence and his expertise as a midfield player will help the club cope with the void created following the departure of John Eustace.
The most important thing for Baird is that he uses pre-season well and gets fit so he’s ready to give Clement that option.
Worries over consistency
The main worry with any player who can get switched around frequently in terms of his position is that he may become a little inconsistent.
It’s important that where possible, Clement gives Baird an extended run of games, which helps him to find his best form for the club, enabling him to reach optimum performance levels.