Tuesday, 27 August 2013

O'Kane must feel luck is against him

Just a couple of weeks ago everything was looking better for Eunan O'Kane. He score a great goal in his come back against Portsmouth in the Capital One Cup. His general play was impressive and he was sure to be pushing Harry Arter and Shaun MacDonald for a place in the starting line up for the next match. As it turned out he was a sub for the Huddersfield game and his introduction lasted only a few short minutes before he had to come off again.

Such is the life of a top class football player. Last season Eunan also had to watch much of the early part of the season but I believe that with a bit of luck he could even play more games than he did then. Far from being a simply squad player he is developing into a real talent that will perhaps see him dominating our midfield in future years.

Can Eunan recover quickly to get in
Eddie's selection thoughts again?
Getting a run in this team though is no easy task. While Eddie may look for a new way of playing away that could see the introduction of some players that have not played a major part so far it is not clear if Eunan would be the one to bring in. The second half of the Huddersfield game was not such a bad performance for the Cherries, but Eunan was on the pitch for just 16 minutes before Richard Hughes came on to replace him. 

A lot of the time I think fans look at the 11 players that were on the pitch when things don't go so well and forget that poor results also effect those on the bench or those just outside the squad. While they want their opportunity they need the team to do well. When you get injured and the team gets beat it must be like being hit twice. But set-backs are what football players get used to. It is rare when everything goes well all the time and the goal is to get back fit as soon as you can to be available for the manager. Eunan is one of our players that can still make a big impact this season.

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