Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Should Eddie try and extend Collison's loan?

Jack Collison has been ever present in AFCB's team in the last month and there are several good reasons why I can see Eddie Howe doing all he can to persuade Jack and West Ham to extend the loan. From interviews it is clear that Jack has enjoyed his time at the Goldsands stadium and he has found the club very much to his liking. To go back to West Ham is something that I am sure he wants in the fullness of time if he is going to get selected for the first team, but if he isn't going to get the games with Mark Noble and Kevin Nolan ahead of him he is probably better off playing at AFCB.

Jack Collison at the King Power stadium.
Has Jack done enough to merit Eddie Howe coming back in for him?
While Jack has not scored for the Cherries during his loan period he did help the team earn some valuable points against Millwall and Nottingham Forest. The strength of Bournemouth's squad was certainly aided by Jack being involved and without him the club is reliant on MacDonald and O'Kane remaining injury free, while Hughes continues to recover from injury. A few goals could have helped Jack's cause but he has played in a fairly defensive midfield role during his time at the Cherries.

Harry Arter has said that he enjoys playing with Collison which must also give Eddie Howe reason to see if he can get Jack until the end of January. When I look at other teams in the Championship many of them have such quality players on loan and I think it is important that AFCB continue to try and attract Premiership quality if they are to hold their own in the Championship.

Certainly it is harsh on O'Kane, Hughes and MacDonald, but they will be training and learning from how Collison plays and if it makes then better players and more eager when they do get their chance it will be better for AFCB in the long run. Eddie has made no secret of the fact that he likes Jack and regards him as a quality player and so I have a pretty good feeling about the possibility of hearing that Jack Collison will be a Bournemouth player for an extended period if talks are positive this week.

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