Tuesday, 27 August 2013

Just how important is Charlie Daniels to this team?

The loss of a regular player for any team is always a problem. Still you kind of see Charlie Daniels as one of the lead figures for the Cherries. When he is out of the team some of the heart beat simply isn't there. He is a player that likes to get on the front foot and his explosive forays down the left wing give other teams much to think about and relieves the pressure on our team.

Charlie does his job so well that it is instinctive how he plays with Marc Pugh and that kind of play gives the team some of the consistency in its performances that we all so love to see. Marc Pugh himself only played about half the game against Huddersfield and I don't know if that was tactical or if he is carrying a niggle. Yet, Pugh looks twice the player when he has Daniels in behind him. 

It is quite possible that Eddie Howe hasn't got enough strength in depth yet for this team. The Championship is difficult and with star players like Daniels, Ritchie and Ward not being available it weakens the team as it would any team in the division. I don't think Eddie Howe has yet had all the players he would like to be fit to be able to pick a team that he really can say is his best 11 so far this season. As we all know, playing the same 11 in games where you can usually helps to bring results. So far AFCB has not been a settled team and getting players like Daniels to play as many games as he can this season is just one of the many challenges that the club faces.

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