Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Shaun MacDonald will be a good buy for Wigan

Like many AFCB fans I was actually pleased that Shaun MacDonald had agreed to join Wigan Athletic, but it was not out of not wanting him to see him in an AFCB shirt - rather it was a waste to see him not being able to get into the team at Bournemouth. As a senior player to leave the club, it will be a big loss in terms of a player who can help ease new recruits into the Bournemouth way of things, but Eddie Howe has intentionally wanted to build a young squad and some players had to make room for those who were in bound.

Shaun MacDonald has been a brilliant servant for AFCB but it was time for him to move on.
Macca has the kind of respect and temperament that made him a great player to have in and around the team even when he was not on the first 11. It will be interesting to see how the club tries to keep the young talent as well focused as that going forward, especially if there are some difficult times ahead.

There were rumours last week that it could have been Eunan O'Kane that Wigan would be in for, perhaps with fans remembering that FA Cup goal that he scored against them some three seasons ago I believe. Shaun MacDonald was ready to go though and for him I think it is the right decision if he wants to keep playing games. He'll be a wise head in the Championship and Wigan will soon see that he is still capable of getting up and down the pitch and putting himself about.

It's up to others at AFCB though now to fill the space left by players like Macca and Elphick who will have been key in the dressing room and training pitch as much as they were on match days.

Injury news
Kris Temple at BBC Radio Solent has reported that Joe Quigley is out for the season after suffering an anterior cruciate ligament injury while on loan at Gillingham. We wish Joe a swift recovery.

1 comment:

  1. Its a shame about Jo Quigley and we all wish him a speedy recovery...I want to highlight though what we are seeking to do to get the youngsters experience out on loan.JQ came on as a 86th minute substitute the game he became injured...what is the point of sending players out on loan to sit on the substitutes bench and come on for five minutes...surely it has to be a condition of any loan that the player gets substantial playing time...and if not then there is no point of loaning him in the first place.