Monday, 18 January 2016

Tap-ins aren't for Charlie Daniels

When Kelly Somers interviewed Charlie Daniels after his epic man of the match performance against Norwich she commented that he offered the most understated appraisal of his own talent. Indeed, I don't think Charlie knows just how good he can be at times and in a way that is good for AFCB as Eddie Howe will keep pushing him even further to get even more out of him.
Charlie Daniels fires in another penalty kick.
Charlie has had to find a way of stepping up and like Marc Pugh and Junior Stanislas on the left side he has made the grade, through hard work and self belief. He may not outwardly state that he is pleased with how he is doing, but he raises a smile when asked about his run down the wing to make the third goal for AFCB against Norwich. "Yeah, that was good," is all that Kelly could get out of Charlie, but the fans know that it was better than just good and the ball he played into Benik was something special.

It is hard to imagine that Charlie along with a lot of his team-mates has come so far from when he first joined the club from Leyton Orient in League One. Many of our fans were doubting whether any of the players brought in when Eddie had departed for Burnley were going to be any good. All they needed was some organisation and some good coaching. The raw talent was always there and now it is flourishing.

Charlie has been among the goals this season too. I think he is probably the best person to take penalties in the side as while he has hit the woodwork twice now on his way to scoring from the spot against WBA and Norwich, the big pressure moments like that don't seem to worry him one bit. He is so calm and focussed that he only wants to hit the most accurate penalty he can and boy does he thump the ball hard!   

Getting a goal from open play is probably next on his tick list and while he came close to winning a penalty against Norwich when he went on a solo run, he is always looking to get a shot away. I thought if he had hit his shot lower against Adrian in the West Ham goal the other day, he may have got on the score sheet that day. But his fearsome shot is always exciting to see unleashed. Tap-ins just aren't for Charlie. 

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