Monday, 1 July 2013

Mr Consistency is ready to play his part in AFCB's great adventure

Simon Francis was rightly named Players' Player of the season in 2012/13 and much of his popularity is likely to have sprung from his form in the team. Can you think of when he had a poor game? No, nor can I. Simon tends to do things right and takes the simple option to clear danger when he has to and push forward when he has the opportunity to. It was also lucky that AFCB managed to give him so many games last season.

I believe his among the top few athletes at the club in that he has the ability to race down the right wing seemingly at will without hardly ever running out of steam no matter how many times he looks to overlap in a game. And when the break is on in the other direction it is usually Francis that is back quickest ready to cover any dangerous move. I can't think of two many wingers who of the better of him last season. His positioning skill is perhaps underestimated because it is rare that he has to dive in or make last minute challenges to stop his opponent.

While some of his qualities your would think might go unnoticed in such a skill full team as the Cherries it was good to see that he received recognition for his hard work last season and that many had him as their player of the season. Last season I did not expect too many opposition goals to come down our right side, because Francis was pretty imperious in his  role at right back but it will be of interest to see if he can do as well in the Championship and continue to supply those deep crosses for which he has become renowned. 

There is news just breaking today that Simon has also signed a new contract that will keep him at the club until 2016. See the Official club website.

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