Friday, 18 March 2016

Collective goal scoring has been key for the Cherries

While there is a possibility that Eddie Howe would have liked to have played a first choice recognised front two for most of the way through the season he has not had that option. Unlike Watford where the front two have been scoring the goals, it has been a team effort for the Cherries to get the goals for up to a magnificent total of 38. That is the equal ninth highest total for a team in the Premier League and evidence that most of AFCB's players have a goal or two in them.
There is plenty of fire power in the Cherries even with
Wilson and Stanislas waiting to come back.
So Eddie Howe may well be thinking with a fit Callum Wilson and a quick learning Benik Afobe that the goals for would be even bigger. Of course he has other options with Josh King and Glenn Murray as well and there could yet be some changes to the front line as we go into the late March and early April games.

It is healthy that AFCB have not been too reliant though on a front two always getting the goals and by playing one up front for much of the season it has meant that midfield players have had to get forward in support. The leading goal scorers are Wilson, Murray, King and Stanislas - all on five. But Gosling, Pugh and Afobe are just one goal behind, the midfielders have been getting on the score sheet and only Francis, Elphick, Iturbe and Surman of the main outfield players are still awaiting their first goal.

This underlines to me that the Cherries' goals are usually pretty varied and any player is dangerous and could get a goal. A high number of AFCB's goals also seem to have come from distance which I think is great as we all like to see a screamer or two. Whether your favourite is Matt Ritchie's thunderbolt against Sunderland, Adam Smith's rocket against Everton or Harry Arter's long range effort against West Ham, the goals have been going in from every angle.

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