Wednesday, 28 December 2016

Wilson-less AFCB still lack goals

Callum is being rested up.
The suspicious might be wondering why Callum Wilson has been withdrawn from the starting line up at AFCB. Is he simply out of form or being rested ahead of a January sale? Hopefully it is not the latter, but if AFCB's line up at Chelsea is a sign of things to come, it does not look like AFCB goals will be plentiful in future games.

There are several reasons why Eddie Howe may have decided Callum Wilson was not to play at Stamford Bridge. His finishing has not been sharp of late and his injury last season is still something that Howe recognises and wants to manage. He could also be being saved for what is looking like a six pointer against Swansea City. But if he does not play again, then the rumours about possible moves to other Premier League teams will become the focus of stories in January.


I was not that impressed with what was achieved by AFCB up at Chelsea from an attacking point of view. Apart from Wilshere's invention and an unlucky effort from Afobe, that could have given AFCB a late way into the game, there was not a lost to shout about. I don't think that Josh King holds the ball up that well by himself, and while he and Afobe were asked to share the work load at Chelsea, there weren't many times when you felt one of them was perhaps going to score. Three shots on target all game is the root of AFCB's worries at the moment. 

The return of Junior Stanislas at least opens up some more options, but it's tempting to wonder why Callum Wilson is not even getting a look in at the moment. It's also apparent that Afobe has looked the most likely to score goals in the last two games and yet he is only given something like a quarter of the game to make an impact. Eddie has lots of need to get the attacking formation of AFCB right against Swansea, but little time to work out what is his best striker to select from the start.

1 comment:

  1. Totally agree...for sure Wilson will go in transfer window but I think that a value of 25m is way off the mark given he has scored three goals from open play...let him go to Newcastle....

    The mystery to me is why Mousset is not being given a chance...he cannot do any worse than the current incumbents and ..might it not be worth playing Ake up front..he has scored three times.....there was a youngster signed from Millwall....

    Afobe is going away to Africa Cup of Nations so will not be available most of January so if Wilson is to be sold then we may be short up front......

    Swansea is a real six pointer....this is a must win for us....and we must set up so we have the opportunity to for sure we cannot defend