Friday, 10 January 2014

Can Harry Arter be a brighter star in the Championship?

I believe most AFCB fans have a soft spot for Harry Arter. He is like the naughty boy who has abundant talent and ability but a cheeky streak as well which gets him into trouble a little more often than it should. While he has reduced the number of yellow cards gathered this season he could probably do better still in that area. But I am more interested in whether Harry can really shine in the Championship? This weekend he will be back in action, having already come straight back into the team against Brighton, and the stage could not be much bigger for him to perform on this weekend - the DW stadium.
Let's hope that harry Arter plays a record number of games for AFCB this season. 
There was a lot of early talk this season about Premiership clubs being interested in him, but in my view it was it was premature speculation linking him with admirers like Harry Redknapp at QPR. Arter has a job to do at AFCB before he can think of a big move and I am not sure if he would like to leave any time soon in any case. He has matured and developed under Jason Tindall and Eddie Howe. The set up is familiar to him and he is seen as one of the clubs best players. Like the club though, he is still trying to establish himself in the Championship and if there was any part of his game that Eddie Howe might consider slightly below par for this season it would probably be his goal tally.
I think there is bigger performances to come from Arter.
Of late Harry has had a bit more opportunity to get forward with Eunan O'Kane sitting behind but he has still been limited to only a handful of shots in recent matches. We all know he has a good shot on him and it would really help the team if he could get in the ball a bit more around the box. This is the area where he needs to prove himself if he is to become one of the leading midfield players in the Championship in my view.

We have seen Harry do some good tackling back and some blocks and interceptions that have saved the team on occasion, and he is AFCB's box to box player. In a way, I see him a bit like Joey Barton, a mischief maker with undoubted ability. It could be that Arter could be seen by QPR as a replacement one day. But please Harry, stay better behaved than Joey!

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