Monday, 6 March 2017

Baily Cargill had part to play at Old Trafford

AFCB fans love to see one of their own come through the youth teams to make it to the first team, and while Bailey Cargill has played for the Cherries in the cups and has been in and around the first team for some time, it was great to see him get his Premier League debut at Old Trafford. It's not a bad place to make an appearance and Baily will have that on his record for the rest of his life now.
Baily has had to wait a long time to break his duck in the Premier League.
There were only 12 minutes of normal time and five minutes of injury time for Baily to play out. Tyrone Mings had been through the wars all right and it was still a very important time for Bailey to come on with AFCB trying to hold out for a point, with nine other tired men on the field. Cargill immediately fell right into place though with a great tackle on Ibrahimovic, and he even went up the other end for one of the corners that AFCB won towards the end of the game. Like many, I was hoping that it could be a fairytale story of Bailey getting the winner, but while that did not materialise it was just great to see the young defender getting minutes on the pitch in such a big game.
This will make it easier for Eddie Howe to think of sticking Baily in games now when he is needed, and I'm sure AFCB will find they have a top-rated centre-back who will be able to develop in the Premier League in future seasons. There are some players ahead of Baily now and it will have been hard for him to see Simon Francis and Tyone Mings deciding to convert to centre-backs, but in a way it is good for Baily to have a series of players who are also learning that position at the same time, and I really hope that he does get a few minutes going forward, so that he can become a player that Eddie Howe can rely on when they need an extra defender.

The move of Marc Wilson to WBA has really opened up that chance for Baily now to come through and while Eddie Howe is not quick to introduce young players, I think it will become increasingly hard to keep Baily out of having some more involvement soon. If Tyrone Mings faces a match ban and Simon Francis is still not 100 per cent fit, then Bailey could have a massive part to play during the run-in.

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