Sunday, 26 June 2016

Has Charlie Daniels become an essential AFCB player?

There is never much of a noise about Charlie Daniels. He is just one of those players that is a great professional that gets on with his job. No one should underestimate what he achieved though in 2015-16. He stepped up to the task and played like he had been in the Premier League for several seasons while Tyrone Mings was ruled out for much of 2015/16.

I don't think there were many better players than Charlie last season either. Indeed, take him out of the team and you suddenly feel that those are hard shoes to fill. There has not been any transfer gossip relating to Charlie but any manager looking at his stats can't fail to be impressed. It's not just his assists, clearances and goals either. His discipline is exemplary with only two yellow cards in 39 games.
Will Charlie Daniels be a target for other clubs this summer?
I remember Ian Hart saying that Charlie would fit right into the Premier League and he wasn't wrong. Charlie scored a great goal against Newcastle Utd that was kind of blurred over by coming so late in the game and virtually condemning the Toon Army to the Championship. At times he was also the full back that was simply impassable. In some ways I hope Charlie keeps going under the radar, as his influence on the side is very strong and he is one of the brigade that has witnessed several promotions now and has become a cornerstone of the side.

It is almost unthinkable though not to imagine an AFCB side without Charlie in it. That is how far he and the side have come. But we have already seen Tommy Elphick go this summer, surely when more than one or two of the cornerstones are replaced it will be hard for AFCB fans - let's hope Charlie is one that Howe will fight hard to keep if offers come in.

Euro 2016 - No luck for the Irish as Wales progress, plus Republic of Ireland v France - the Irish can blow the tournament wide open

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