Sunday, 13 November 2016

Lys Mousset makes Premier League debut

Lys Mousset came close to scoring against Sunderland,
but how long might he have to wait for his next chance?
It might not have been the Premier League debut that Lys Mousset would have wanted, but I'm pleased for him that he finally got a taste of the big time. It has been a long wait for him to just get on the pitch and with Callum Wilson's injury it must have been a sudden surprise for him to be given an opportunity against Middlesbrough, even though he has been on the bench before.

Lys did not enter the game from a winning position of course and it was always likely that AFCB would be up against it when a striker like himself was called upon. The Cherries were certainly throwing everything at Sunderland with Arter making way for Mousset to join King, Afobe and Wilshere in attack.  It didn't work, but it will probably be rare when we see so much attacking talent from AFCB's ranks on the pitch. This was a game when AFCB needed to get something from as Sunderland will be one of those teams battling to stay up.

I was reminded by my friend, Damien Hill, that it was like watching the AFCB Newcastle game again from last season. But for a player like Lys, it was his big moment. A chance to make a name for himself and last season would mean nothing to him. This was all about grabbing the moment when it came to him and he so nearly did when providing shooting chances for others and stabbing the ball goal wards, but ultimately wide of the post in the last few minutes.
Lys may well find he has a better moment this season when things go for him and he gets his first goal in the Premier League. He may just have to wait for some time tough before he gets to sample his next game. Still, I already see something in him that excites me. He always looks to make a difference and doesn't hide when he comes on.

Finally, it was great to see Harry Arter make his full international debut for the Republic of Ireland yesterday. Baily Cargill received a head injury playing for Gillingham against Northampton, but managed to play out the game. He's really been in the wars of late.

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