Friday, 10 October 2014

Should AFCB play with two up front more often?

Flicking back through the records, it has been quite unusual for Eddie Howe to chose an away 11 to play as a 4-4-2 this season away from home. Having seen Yann and Callum play up front at Bolton and Huddersfield and the team getting a result on both occasions it is justifiable to ask why the system is not used more frequently away from home? Granted, Yann's sending off meant that there was not much of the game when AFCB had two up front at  Bolton, but the idea was to at least start that way and the team caused Bolton all kinds of problems in the first half.

Eddie Howe has often said it does not matter what system they play as long as the players do the jobs they have been asked to play in that role. Some opposition teams lend themselves to being played against with one system or another, but having played most of the top teams away from home there could now be a period when Eddie Howe can decide that playing Callum up front on his own is not the best option to get all three points.

The immediate problem is that Yann has picked up a three match suspension for his red card at Bolton which Eddie Howe has described as a big issue. "The only thing is for us is that we lose Yann for three games. Potentaily, but without looking at it again it was the best 35 minutes or however long he was on the pitch for. He was outstanding and that was a real killer blow for us because he is so important to us as I have said before."
Brett must be favourite in line for an AFCB start against Charlton.
Eddie Howe now has to see how best to set up the side against Charlton and Reading at home and Birmingham away without Yann. I just wonder if Brett Pitman is going to have a busy few weeks ahead of him.

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