Thursday, 27 July 2017

The Cherries are a bit short of being at full pelt

Eddie Howe gave an honest interview after the Pompey game and drew attention to the game being a tough fixture, but perhaps not quite the match that he might have been expecting. While the limited ground capacity will have made it a smaller game in terms of fan participation, the players on the pitch for Pompey tested Bournemouth well enough.

In fact Eddie said: "I don't think we are at full pelt yet, but I don't think we would want to be. We still have some time left, so hopefully we will get it right."
Eddie Howe is not too concerned that AFCB are not quite on their top game yet.

AFCB will have to raise their game against QPR and even more so when it comes to Valencia and Napoli. But last season took a lot out of the players and the way that Eddie has been picking his teams over the last couple of matches is certainly designed to ease the players back into the routine, rather than being too punishing on the regular starters who need time to recover from their niggles and stresses.

It's refreshing to see players like Lys Mousset and Max Gradel get a bit more of the limelight and show more of what they are about. The big hitters have remained on the bench, but their time will come and it's probably in the next two weeks when things will start ramping up on the training pitches with more competitive training.

Begovic certainly appears up for the challenge with Boruc and Federdici, and I already believe that he has upped the profile of what level the goalkeepers are at. With Allsop also going out on loan, there is an underlying strength in depth beginning to emerge at the club that hasn't been evident before.


AFCB are in a position now where they have a good squad and can decide if they want to release any players on loan or to be bought. The planning appears much more precise in the transfer market, and it is one area where the club has had to improve with the massive fees now going between clubs.

AFCB might not be at full pelt on the pitch yet, but the signs are that the club is moving ahead in every aspect as it comes to its third season in the Premier League.

In other news, Lewis Grabban has joined Sunderland on a season-long loan. ACB's new away kit has also been revealed - it's stunning!

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