Tuesday, 1 December 2015

Allsop will be glad to get Premier debut under his belt

Ryan Allsop will have been as nervous as anyone in the Vitality stadium when he knew that the injury to Adam Federici was going to mean he would get his chance to make his Premier League debut. There has been a lot of work done with Rocky since his difficult introduction to games in the Championship in 2013-14 when he just seemed to lose his confidence and to see him back between the sticks for the first team demonstrates Eddie Howe's desire to see players improve and comeback stronger when they have had a drop in form and confidence.

Building Ryan back up has seen him go out on loan at Coventry City where he saw plenty of action and it was no doubt helpful to him to have fellow team mates Josh McQuoid and Mohamed Coulibaly out there with him during that period. He has come back into the squad with several Development games under his belt, and I suppose if Ryan was going to have his first game in the Premier League it was easier to come on against Everton at Dean Court than it would have been if he had been in Federici's boots a few weeks ago at somewhere like the Etihad.

Now Ryan will be worked especially hard if there is worry that Boruc and Federici will still be missing games going into the Christmas period. The emergency loan option is there for Eddie Howe to bring in a keeper if he can find one of the quality he needs, but the Echo yesterday said this may not be easy to arrange with the Premier League and it is always hard to being someone in who naturally fits with the way the Cherries like to play from the back.
Ryan has had a taste of the big time now.
Finding more resilience in defence is hard enough when you have a settled side but Howe has to do that with keeper decisions now. If Boruc is 90 per cent fit does he play him? Can Ryan Allsop step in and do a solid job? The goal that Everton did score in extra time against Ryan was not a moment that will have pleased him, and whether Ryan might have done better is a question that only he will truly be able to answer. Ryan must have been feeling a lot better though when Junior Stanislas thumped home his last second header to make things 3-3 with Everton, and I hope that helps the whole team to believe they can stop these other sides when they play to their best.

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