Scott Parker welcomed new signing Ryan Christie to Vitality Stadium today after snapping the Scot up on transfer deadline day from Celtic.
The Scotland international was away with his national side during the international break but had yet to meet up with his new team due to being away with Steve Clarke’s side.
Christie started in the victory over Moldova and replaced goalscorer Lyndon Dykes as Scotland beat Austria 1-0 to boost their hopes of qualifying for the Qatar 2022 World Cup on Tuesday night.
The new number 10 at Vitality Stadium joined up with the Cherries squad on Thursday and took part in his first training session, giving Parker his first opportunity to see the club’s latest man in action.
Speaking to Nerve Sport on Christie’s first day, Parker said: “[He]trained today, yeah, really impressed with him in training.
“He came down this morning, it was a light session today but I was really impressed with him over preseason when I have been watching him from afar as well.
“I know what sort of player we have on our hands here and not been surprised, albeit on a 60 minute session with a low intensity, my views on him at a distance have been confirmed when I have seen him in the flesh.”
“I am looking forward to working with him – I really am.”
The former Celtic man is known for his versatility in both midfield and attacking roles, playing either as an attacking midfielder, winger or even as a main striker with Parker admitting it gives him options, but does see the Scot as a player who will play more centrally as an attacking midfielder.
“Versatility brings you options, so that will definitely be the case, but I do see him in the central positions,” the head coach revealed to Nerve Sport.
“I see that is where he can operate best, but when you have the quality and the versatility that Ryan has it’s an added string and certainly I wouldn’t want to pigeon hole him in anyway.
“Like I say, I see him central and more around the middle of the pitch but at the same time I also see someone who is very comfortable off the sides as well.
“We will have to see how that develops over the coming weeks with the amount of games we will play.”
Christie played 151 times for Celtic scoring 41 goals, contributing a further 44 assists in his time at Parkhead. The 24-year-old also has 23 caps for Scotland and is seen by many as a coup for the Dorset club.
It remains to be seen if Christie will start against Barnsley this weekend having only taken part in a light training session on Thursday but the attacking midfielder will certainly add goals and creativity to Parker’s side this season.