Wednesday, 22 January 2014

Joe Mason deal would be good for AFCB, says Plymouth fan

Joe Mason who current plays at Cardiff City was formerly at Plymouth Argyle, between 2009-11 where he was spotted early. I spoke to a Plymouth fan, Colin my friend, about his early games in the football league and the views were very positive.

"He's a fantastic player. He should be playing at the very highest level but a series of injuries has really hindered his progress," Colin said. "I was lucky enough to be there when he made his debut, replacing captain Paul Wotton. He was 17 years old then I think, and he looked the part immediately. He's a great player with a good attitude."

Eddie Howe wanted to bring Joe into the club during the summer and there was much speculation about the move but Cardiff were then reluctant to let the young Republic of Ireland striker go. Now Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has come in at Cardiff he is looking to make changes to the squad and Mason could be seen as being surplus the the Welsh club's needs. Mason has been on loan at Bolton already this season and will know exactly what playing in the Championship is all about.

With the national press signalling that Bournemouth were about to bid for the Irish striker, the Bournemouth Echo reported this week that the club has said there has been no official approach for Joe Mason. It remains to be seen if Howe really is going to add to his squad having kept Lewis Grabban and let Matt Tubbs go on loan, while Wes Thomas has left AFCB altogether. Wolves are said to be interested in Covernty's Leon Clarke so some of our fans may be disappointed that Eddie Howe does not look to be making an approach for him.

Many AFCB fans wanted a big and tall figure head striker, but it looks like that is simply not the way Eddie Howe wants to play. He is building a footballing side with fast movement and controlled passing, the big bustling forward has been left out of plans. While I agree that it is handy to have a plan B, if Eddie Howe can get nippy forwards to bang in the goals that are pleasing on the eye I don't see what there is to complain about. Arsenal and Barcelona don't play with hulking big forwards and small strikers can be successful in the Championship.

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