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Report: versatile Cardiff City defender set to temporarily bolster the back

Chris Brunskill

With the news that Bolton Wanderers are bringing Millwall winger Liam Feeney in comes a second signing in Cardiff City defender Kevin McNaughton, per a report in the Bolton News. He is very much a player in the style of Alex Baptiste in that he is a very versatile defender playing primarily as a right back but can fit in across the back four. At under six feet tall, McNaughton is a bit undersized for a central defender but  Baptiste, a similar height, made that work in his time at Blackpool.

McNaughton joined Cardiff City in 2006 from Aberdeen in 2006 and has made around 280 appearances in all competitions for the Bluebirds/Red Dragons. He is Cardiff City's current longest-serving player but has lost his spot in the side following Cardiff's promotion to Kevin Theophile-Catherine. The 23-year-old French defender signed for Cardiff on deadline day and has taken the right back spot as his own.

McNaughton has made only two appearances thus far this season, both of which came in the Capital One Cup. He started and went the full 90 minutes in Cardiff's opening match at Accrington Stanley and then came on as a halftime substitute in the 3-2 loss to West Ham.

It will be interesting to see what Freedman does with McNaughton. Alex Baptiste has been one of the more solid, if unspectacular, defenders thus far this season while Marc Tierney has arguably been the most consistent player. Perhaps the move will see Alex Baptiste take up a role at center back with McNaughton on the right.

He is not Cardiff City captain Mark Hudson like other outlets had said Bolton were due to sign.