Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Pugh's lost none of his talent

Marc Pugh is one of the players that has achieved the greatest amount of things with AFCB and he has every right to be aghast at what he has achieved now that he has surpassed Eddie Howe in making 263 appearances for the Cherries. He is now 15th in the appearances hall of fame after 10 years with AFCB. It always surprised me that bigger clubs did not come in for Marc when AFCB were in league One and the Championship, but it has certainly been to AFCB's advantage that he stayed with the club.
Pugh is targeting 300 appearances now for AFCB.
He may not have been a record goalscorer or a winger that was as high profile as those commanding the highest of transfer fees, but he is a man who has committed himself to the Cherries' story. Coming through the divisions is not something that many players have on their CV. Pugh has done it without losing any of his charm or delight. He still stops to speak with Cherries' fans and he never asks for anything in return. He has become a pillar of the club and I don't know how I'll feel about it when one day he does hang up his boots.

However, there is a good few years left in Marc's game yet. He's managed to get back into the starting line up again and has been playing well. But Pugh is still learning even in the Premier League and that's what I like about him. He doesn't feel his work is ever done and if anything he is becoming a better player all the time.

You might imagine there is not much that Eddie can say to Pugh in his game plans that Marc has not heard before. But I suspect Howe finds it a fascinating challenge to do exactly that and come up with things that are of surprise to the regulars to keep them on their toes. Pugh has to be attentive to every new initiative because there are plenty of others looking to take his position. 

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