Thursday, 12 May 2016

Who has tired legs?

With just one game remaining you might expect the team that has run the furthest this season might be running out of steam. AFCB have always been up the top of the running charts and Andrew Surman has set the pace for most of the Premier League. He is likely to have played in every game this league campaign as will Simon Francis but the two players are unlikely to be taking things easy against Man Utd.
So who's AFCB legs are these? Think you know? - I'll tell you in the next post later today.
Recovery has been an important part of the game for the Cherries to get right in the top tier. While the intensity of games has not been like the Marathon of the Championship there has been moments when injuries have put a real strain on the squad. Dan Gosling and Andrew Surman have had to do a lot of the hard grind in midfield and are probably two of the fittest members of the team, but it has been evident that in the last few games we have seen some players getting some rest. Matt Ritchie has had a few sub appearances as well as Marc Pugh and Josh King. It seems the defenders have had a bit less rest though with Steve Cook and Charlie Daniels pretty much always being available.

There were some new legs that came in during January but we have not seen a great deal of Juan Iturbe. Rhoys Wiggins also has not had a run out for the team and may have known that that could be the case when he signed.

Meanwhile, Benik Afobe has been prone to making sub appearances rather than getting many 90 minute games and I imagine he will be trying to work out how he needs to improve to get ahead of others for the start of next season.

So when it comes to the last game, Eddie Howe still has options of fresh legs if he really needs them, but against one of the biggest teams in the world perhaps those who have played the best all season deserve their reward with a spot in the final game.

PremierTalk: Sunderland survive.

Transfer News
Jayden Stockley has signed a pre-contract arrangement with Aberdeen and Exeter City miss out.

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