Thursday, 28 April 2016

AFCB now have exciting attacking players on the pitch

There was much to admire about AFCB's bench last Saturday with the likes of Wilson, Afobe and Ritchie hoping to come on and not in the initial first 11. The squad is much stronger than it was pre-January and that has been reflected already in earning three more points in the second half of the season, and with more attacking options there is a bit more unfamiliarity about how the Cherries are going forward at the moment.
Lewis Grabban is still waiting for his first goal since returning to the side.
We are used to seeing the Cherries get the ball wide and there was a good amount of crosses fired into Chelsea's box during the last match. What I also saw though was much more movement between the front players with Junior Stanislas popping up centrally as well as on the right and Grabban prepared to stretch his legs down the wings when needed there. It was a little less clear how well Afobe might fit in as the number 10 when he came on in the second half behind Wilson, but I thought he linked well and had a decent touch that had perhaps been missing in some of his previous performances when he had played as the out and out striker.

I am curious to know if Eddie Howe feels that Afobe and Wilson is going to be the way he expect his main strike force to be of if Josh King is still the best player to have up front with Callum in future games when they are both fit. I believe that against Everton it should be King and Wilson as they have a good understanding already, but Afobe has shown that he can score from the smallest of half chances so it is a good problem to have. 

There is also Junior Stanislas who has been used of late either on the wing or in the number 10 position and Lewis Grabban has also been getting closer to getting on the score sheet. It is good that they have all had minutes but AFCB need a few of them to keep finding the back of the net and of late only King has been great form. Callum Wilson is clearly desperate for more game time but will Eddie give it to him now?

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