Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Coulibaly and McQuoid can up our strike rate

I have my fingers crossed that we see Mohamed Coulibaly and Josh McQuoid involved games very soon. Eddie Howe kind of let slip that Mohamed could be involved at Watford, having been brought back into the squad along with Elliott Ward. I was pleased to see that Marc Pugh got on the score sheet the other day but, apart from Lewis Grabban, AFCB are looking a little goal shy so far in the Championship. A boost could come from McQuoid and Coulibaly. McQuoid played 45 minutes against Bristol Rovers in a Development Squad yesterday in a 2:0 win, so he is less likely to be involved tonight, but it is good to see him come through a half with no problems.

Both of these players have exciting styles and can produce individual moments of magic that can turn games. We need to see some of that. While heavy away defeats have soured the air a little the re-introduction of players that are eager to get their seasons going has to be the right move now. AFCB has to be more than a one trick pony and some variety is worth trying, although Howe seems to want a response from the players who played at the John Smith's stadium.

It would be great if Coulibaly can get back out on
the pitch at Watford or Doncaster.

While McQuoid has not quite lived up to his billing since his return to Bournemouth I would be very pleased to see how he does playing as an out and out striker. He does have a very good calm head when it comes to finishing and if he can just get a bit of a run going he could yet be a surprise package for AFCB this season, which would be a shock to many of AFCB fans.

Meanwhile, Coulibaly has hardly had much chance to get familiar with his surroundings. I hope he also gets a few games under his belt so that he can feel part of the team. He is such an exciting talent that Eddie rightly wants to look after him, but I can see him causing all kinds of trouble for our opponents in the Championship.

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