Wednesday, 31 August 2016

Is Max Gradel really out-of-favour?

The reports that Max Gradel is being sought after by Hull City and Lyons might be more to do with these clubs knowing how good Max is rather than him being out-of-favour at AFCB. Max made a sub appearance against Man Utd and won a starting place in the English League Cup. If he thought he deserved more than that then he has to battle to win his place against Ryan Fraser and the other wingers who are returning to fitness.

To be fair Max played really well in the League Cup game against Morcambe and scored with a well-taken early shot to put the Cherries ahead. Those moments have been far from frequent though and while Max has the talent that is above many in the squad, he needs a consistent season. That should be a challenge to him as he hardly played last season.
Max can be he player he wants to be at AFCB.
While other clubs might admire Max, he will be very much part of Eddie Howe's plans going forward and it would be a setback to lose such a player right on the close of the transfer window. The Daily Mail may suggest that there has been a falling out with Eddie Howe but Eddie will pick players on performance and what they can do for the team. Players need to have the right attitude to pull in the same direction. Personal arguments happen and are fixed as easily as they flare up when the overall objective is to get the club it's highest ever Premier League finish.

Know one at AFCB is a certain starter. If Gradel has felt his nose pushed out of place, then he has to consider what is best for AFCB and himself. To not be a starter in three games though, and then have an argument and decide your better off elsewhere, is not really fighting for your place and knuckling down to changing a manager's opinion and proving you were right. I get the impression that Max might decide that he has not completed his work at AFCB yet.

Other Transfer Talk
AFCB are now likely to get Wilshere on loan - he is said to be on his way to Dean Court - according to Sky Sports.
AFCB have reportedly accepted a bid from Derby Co for Lewis Grabban, according to FL92 Transfer - we'll wait for official news.
Rhoys Wiggins is also believed to be set for a medical at Birmingham City.

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