Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Who is going to step up and get the goals?

The Cherries are in need of some fresh striking accuracy. Lewis Grabban had some good first half opportunities against Derby first after 19 minutes when a ball came back off of Rantie's heel and fell for Grabban just inside the box, which he screwed wide when he looked sure to hit the target, and secondly after 26 minutes when he beat two players on the left wing and raced into the box, only to telegraph his right footed shot that Grant read. So when Lewis Grabban doesn't get the breakthrough who is going to put the ball in the net? The goals are not exactly flying in for the Cherries at the moment and it won't have gone unnoticed by Eddie Howe.
Is Yann the man?
Up front the manager has stuck with Grabban and Rantie whenever he can it would appear. But when the two play I don't think they have ever both scored in the same game. If they have it is not a regular occurrence and there's the rub. AFCB need their strikers to be getting on the scoreboard. Having seen the footage from the Derby game I would say that Rantie's work rate and endeavour was high enough for him to keep his starting place against Doncaster. I believe Eddie is looking for some consistency in terms of players being selected and getting the goals as that is the best way to build partnerships up front with strikers getting a good understanding going. 

At the moment the Cherries have a bit of a gap on the chasing teams but it's not a chasm. While you don't want to keep swapping and changing your strike force there will be calls for Eddie to try something else or give some of the others more time on the pitch when things are not going to plan. But Eddie Howe will pick the players that are creating chances and doing well in training. If Lewis and Tokelo do not find the back of the net consistently it may be that Kermorgant is given more of a chance to contribute more to the team. 
Will Kermorgant win his first start soon? 

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