Friday, 17 June 2016

It can be a big season to come for Harry Arter

Harry Arter has worked had to get to where he is and he was just beginning to reap the rewards. This summer he would have be playing for the Republic of Ireland in Martin O'Neil's team if it were not for a late thigh injury and it is notable that O'Neil did not mind Harry resting up for a few AFCB games at the end of the season, as long as he could have him in his squad in the summer. So it was only cruel luck that ruled him out.
Harry Arter will want more games to play in during
2016/17 and some of them will surely be for the Republic if Ireland.
O'Neil can see that Arter can add something to his side and I liked the patient way that Harry went about his recent friendly against Holland. It was an Arter that wasn't bustling around wasting energy, but a more considered performance knowing that he had quality around him and that he just had to keep the ball moving whenever it came to him. The Republic of Ireland are not blessed with players that keep possession well and that is why I think Arter is seen as a great addition to their side.

It would have bode well, not only for the Republic of Ireland, but also for AFCB had Harry Arter and Eunan O'Kane performed in France. The kind of experience gained from playing those games in that competition will be hard for them both to miss out on.

Arter's new three-year deal though at AFCB is just reward for the progress he has made. Now Eddie Howe will be asking him to take his game forward still further. The best way he can do that is by becoming a regular in the Republic of Ireland team. It may mean he learns to adjust the pace of a game better and become more aware of how the top internationals influence a game more. If he can bring that back to the Cherries, Arter will the player at the club that has excelled the most in taking his game to the next level.

Harry will be an eager watcher of Republic of Ireland v Belgium on Saturday for sure.

Other AFCB news
Meanwhile, Artur Boruc has signed a new one-year deal to stay with the Cherries. Boruc was an unused sub in Poland's drawn match against Germany last night. The Telegraph reports that West Ham are still chasing Matt Ritchie, despite being warned off by AFCB - it could be a busy week coming up.

Euro 2016 - Why are England so bad at tournament football? Even if they managed a win at the death against Wales I want to see something better from England.

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