Thursday, 27 April 2017

Lewis Cook has his chance now

Eddie Howe has reminded everyone of what a good prospect Lewis Cook is going to be for the Cherries, although we have not seen a great deal of him this season it was important for the player to get his second appearance at home this season on Saturday. While there are several central midfielders that have been ahead of him in the selection process, he now has a clear path to play his part in the last few games.
Lewis Cook should get a start against Sunderland.
Can he make the most of it? 
The gentle way that Lewis has been introduced to the team will see him in good stead later down the road. He replaced the luckless Dan Gosling in the Middlesbrough game at an awkward time, just before half time. He rose to the occasion though with his great vision and passing, making the third goal for Marc Pugh with a superb switch pass out to the left wing. Now he has to continue driving himself forward and trying to have a similar impact in the next game as he is likely to be a starter now.

Lewis also played well against Spurs even though the team suffered up at White Hart Lane and it will be helpful to Lewis to have been involved in a game where he has come off the pitch a winner with team. He will be working hard now with Harry Arter to build up a good understanding and he will be looking to have a strong finish to the season.
Eddie Howe has said that Lewis Cook's attitude has been excellent despite not being picked regularly and that will have been a problem for a few of the players. Now Lewis is really needed though, as the number of central-midfielders has been further depleted with injuries. We could see a real problem if Arter or Lewis picks up an injury and a stand-in may have to play out of position just as cover. Bournemouth have a few utility players and it is likely that Brad Smith will be added to the squad just to add a bit more defensive back up, while Tyrone Mings and Junior Stanislas could probably also be used as central cover in midfield. Still AFCB are really stretched in that position now. 

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