Thursday, 15 November 2018

Can Wilson be an England sensation?

It is not every day that a player gets a chance to make his debut in an international. Callum Wilson will perhaps get the chance tonight against USA in a game that has already been overshadowed by the Wayne Rooney recall controversy. Yet, if Wilson has a big performance will the talk be all about Callum Wilson?

Wilson will hope to get his first cap tonight.
The opportunity for Callum is perhaps not quite as normal as he would like. The build up for the game has been quiet this week, but it was far from it last week before AFCB took on Newcastle. Now he has had a chance to train with the England team and they will have seen how quick he is and how much he likes receiving early balls from the byline or to the wings. 

I expect England will have to change their style of play to accommodate Wilson. He is not like Harry Kane and while Wilson is excellent at stretching teams, he is supported by some very quick wingers at AFCB. The big test for Callum though is whether he can get himself in front of goal and get the goals to boost his claim for a regular place in the squad.

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Strikers are all about scoring and no matter how good Wilson's general play is, he will want to score. the prospect of facing defenders form the USA is a good opportunity, so let's hope that Callum Wilson that is given enough minutes to score a hat-trick on debut. 

Premier Talk - Fulham pick Ranieri

Wednesday, 14 November 2018

Jordan Ibe still has much to prove

Social media was a buzz with opinions about Jordan Ibe after the defeat to Newcastle United. While Jordan started on the wing, he did have to move to wing-back and defensively there was a lot to like about the way he tracked back. However, his primary function at AFCB has been to create and finish moves and on his latest showing he is still far from the finished article.
Jordan Ibe just hasn't improved.
Getting into scoring positions is not a problem for him, but perhaps he doesn't fid himself in that situation often enough. When he did find Gosling put him in with a goalscoring chance in the second half against Newcastle, it was a moment of calm and  concentration that Ibe needed. The way he hurried his shot though was always likely to have a disappointing end.

I don't blame Jordan for the defeat against Newcastle United. He didn't have a great game, but the team as a whole didn't play well. Jordan has parts of his game to improve and his shooting is not at the standard of Fraser, Brooks or Stanislas. Perhaps Eddie Howe feels that by playing games Ibe would get his performances up, sadly that has not happened.




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I'm not sure how many more chances Ibe will be given. His manager has a lot of faith in him that he can come good, but the fans are not likely to be as patient. While Eddie often is defiant and will choose who he wants to play, the hard work and honesty of Marc Pugh may be a more popular choice to play if Stanislas or King is not available for Arsenal.

Still, I expect King or Stanislas will return and Ibe is likely to come out of the starting 11 for the Arsenal game. It is a disappointment that Ibe has not grabbed his chance. I hoped that his game would have matured by now.


In other news, Jack Simpson sign a contract extension to summer 2021.

Tuesday, 13 November 2018

Adam Smith will want to forget his 200th AFCB appearance

Eddie Howe commented after the match against Newcastle that Adam Smith had hurt his knee in an earlier tackle with Matt Ritchie, before he pulled up half way through trying to take a free kick. It was a strange incident and Kris Temple at BBC Radio Solent was having trouble to work out why the injury had occurred with Adam going down as if hit by a 'sniper'.
Adam Smith is a huge player for AFCB because of his versatility.
Well, the long time it took to get Adam into the stretcher and off the pitch didn't do anything to help the Cherries performance which was already subdued after half an hour. The injury will have been on some of the players' minds, I'm sure, and Bournemouth had already travelled without King and Stanislas.  It did give Charlie Daniels a chance to reclaim his place at left back, but he was soon to find the wing-back position was where he would play as Howe desperately tried to find a way for AFCB to get into the game.

Adam won't have fond memories of the game. He was caught out for the first goal when the cross came from his side for Rondón to score after his second attempt. Still, Bournemouth should have done better in the box to deal with Rondón. The experiment to use Adam Smith at left back has probably seen its time up for now. I would rather see Adam on the right, but it looks like he will be out for months after this incident. He was to have a scan on Monday on his right knee.

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It might not seem such a big loss if Daniels had come on and played well, but Daniels saw many of his passes go rather wayward and with Diego Rico also not forcing his way into the squad, the left back position remains a weakness in my view at the moment.

I can only hope that Adam Smith has a speedy recovery. His versatility is fantastic. 

Monday, 12 November 2018

Why couldn't Cherries get up for Newcastle game?

Bournemouth had no trouble in starting well against Fulham away from home or Watford, but against Burnley and more recently Newcastle United they have been far from their best. It is hard to know exactly why? It is possible that the players were still stuck in the moment of having lost to Man Utd at home. After all it was a cruel last minute defeat. But Bournemouth didn't get their game on any kind of level near the attacking zeal they have shown this season against Newcastle.
Bournemouth lost their way at Newcastle.
Bournemouth were flat and did not get their passing going with any tempo. It was a kind of performance when they players looked in on themselves rather than expressing themselves and I think there is a mental preparation that needs to be addressed by Eddie Howe in how he sends the team out. In these games against opponents where AFCB are expected to do well, the Cherries find reasons to play without confidence and yet they are the same players. They have to find a way of taking their game with the same passion they do against the big sides to the lower sides in the league.

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I don't expect Bournemouth to have any problems in getting up for the games against Arsenal and Man City in coming weeks, but while Bournemouth have the game to compete against the best they have not found a way of being consistent. If teams near the bottom can roll Bournemouth over at times then more motivation has to be found to take these games more seriously.

You can't just turn up and expect to win in the Premier League. Bournemouth have to get fired up some way or another and I just wonder if playing Newcastle away just didn't get the Cherries truly fired up enough. Some credit has to be given to Newcastle as well as their wing play, and Rondón's power was too much for Bournemouth.

Sunday, 11 November 2018

Rondon batters pale-performing Cherries 2-1

Match Report
Newcastle Utd v AFCB
10 November 2018
Attendance: 49,266
AFCB fall to their fourth defeat at St James' Park .
Newcastle made light of getting to Bournemouth's defence and Rondón had the Magpies ahead in just seven minutes. Bournemouth just didn't get going and things deteriorated when Adam Smith wast stretchered off after injuring himself when trying to take a free kick. When Rondón powered in a header for his and Newcastle's second, the game looked over. But Jefferson Lerma stooped to get his first Bournemouth goal from a Ryan Fraser corner into added time in the first half to make it 2-1. The Cherries improved second half with Gosling coming into the side and Ibe had a great chance to equalise which he wasted. Despite the late pressure, Newcastle were strong enough to hold out. Bournemouth had been undone by a powerful forward and to be fair Rondón would have had a hat-trick but for Asmir Begovic.

BBC Radio Solent commentator Kris Temple alluded to the fact that Josh King and Junior Stanislas were not seen on the pitch some 30 minutes before the team was announced. Indeed, there was one change Junior Stanislas had a groin strain and did not travel. David Brooks would play in the number 10 position behind Wilson and Jordan Ibe got his first Premier League start of the season.  Marc Pugh was also finally given a spot on the bench.


No Shelvey, Muto or Lascelles for Newcastle United! Rafa was pinning his hopes on Matt Ritchie and Solomon Rondón.

Match Description
AFCB looked great in spearmint green despite the false kick-off that had to be retaken. Bournemouth began well with Brooks and Wilson running down the middle, but Ibe's shot was blocked in the second minute. Wilson gives away a free kick.
Rondón has a shot from distance but it's easy for Begovic to catch.  Bournemouth happy to play it along the back line. Adam Smith wins a free kick of Diamé.

Ritchie down the left a cross from the right Rondón shoots, Begovic parries but Rondón has put the second attempt in – it's 1-0 to Newcastle on seven minutes!

David Brooks is kicked by Fernandez and holds his ankle. Lee Probert is not interested! Newcastle have a free kick and it comes off Adam Smith for a corner to Newcastle. Schär heads it on and it is cleared by Bournemouth.

Bournemouth re not flowing at all yet. They look paler than their shirts! Francis' header comes out to Richie who has a shot from the bouncing ball, but it's well wide of the right post.

Lerma to Fraser and the cross comes to Ibe who has a shot blocked on 16 minutes. Diamé pushes Brooks over but no foul given. Francis makes a good ball up to Wilson and Bournemouth have a corner on 17 minutes. It's out for a long throw.

Aké's head and Rondón clears. Lewis Cook hits a shot and it's deflected for a corner. Fraser's shot is blocked. Francis and Brooks run into each other!

Adam Smith takes on Ritchie but loses out. Now Diamé has fouled Fraser. Fraser shoots and Dubravka gets a hand to it to keep it out on 22 minutes.

Adam Smith has gone down injured. He's hurt himself. It's a stretcher. He's hurt his right knee by not going to take the free kick and then stopping half way through. Charlie Daniels is coming on after a seven minute stoppage.

Lerma's on the ball. Francis now but his cross only finds a Newcastle player. Lewis Cook then puts it our for a goal kick. Jordan Ibe hits a ball too strongly for Fraser.

Diamé catches Brooks again. Free Kick some 35 yards out. The flag goes up for offside against Lerma.

Diamé wins a free kick off of Jordan Ibe. It's been a retched first half from Bournemouth, 38 minutes gone. Ritchie to Kenedy, his ball from the left and Rondón has powered a header in to make it 2-0! Aké collapsed before Rondón beat him on the air, 40 minutes gone.

Daniels has conceded a corner now. Rondón's header hits Wilson's hand across his stomach. No penalty.

Francis to Fraser, but the Wee-man has overrun it. AFCB have gone three at the back. Franno, Steve Cook and Aké are okaying as a three. There are eight minutes of added time for this half. Brooks out to Ibe but he is tackled.

Rondo and Kenedy, Perez back to Kenedy and Begovic has to save! Newcastle free kick of Wilson's head is pushed over by Begovic! Corner to Newcastle. Dummett shoots over.

Schär trips Brooks and is yellow carded. Free kick to Bournemouth Steve Cook gets a head on it and Dubravka tips it over. Corner to Bournemouth. Lerma scores with a diving header! It's 2-1 on 45 minutes +6 minutes.

Perez is clear through but has put his shot wide of the left post! Newcastle break, but Francis puts in a big tackle on Kenedy. Lerma has given Bournemouth some hope but it was a poor first half from the Cherries and they've lost Adam Smith. Bournemouth have been out shot by Newcastle 14 to 10 shots and the Cherries have had three shots on target compared to Newcastle's four on target. But possession has been in Bournemouth's favour 54 per cent to 46 per cent.

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Second Half
Lerma has pulled a hamstring and Dan Gosling is on. Ibe has conceded a corner. It's another corner to Newcastle. Schär is injured now with a nose bleed.

Francis and Ibe, Lewis Cook gets crowded out. Bournemouth have a long throw. Fraser takes a throw. Wilson goes down. Lewis Cook with a loose pass. Begovic gets down well.

Daniels now and Fraser wins a corner on 53 minutes. Gosling and Steve Cook can't direct the header in target.Ritchie swings in a cross and Rondon heads wide between Aké and Steve Cook.

Bournemouth's passing is coming together and they have another corner. Gosling heads wide of the far post. Ibe does well to stop Kenedy defending in his own box - great tracking back.

Bournemouth break with Fraser and the grass-cutting shot is saved after deflecting to the keeper. Brooks doesn't find a team-mate. Ibe on the right, Wilson heads over from six yards, 60 minutes gone.

Newcastle have a free kick and Begovic claims it. Daniels and Brooks is blocked. Fraser wins a corner.  Ibe's lost it but Lewis Cook gets  foot in. Ritchie has a shot and it's just wide of the right post!

Lewis Cook gives a free kick away on half way. Gosling gets it away and Ritchie makes a foul. Another free kick to Bournemouth as Brooks is clipped. Brooks wins the ball, Fraser up the left but his cross is blocked, corner on 66 minutes.

Another Bournemouth corner but Newcastle break and Lewis Cook just did enough to stop the advancing Newcastle players. Daniels shanks his cross. Aké defends well against Yedlin.

Brooks chips out to Daniels Lewis Cook and Gosling to Ibe and Ibe has hit his shot over when he really should have hit the target! Hayden comes on for Ritchie on 74 minutes.

Daniels in the box but can't find a pass. A cross behind all AFCB's players. Lewis Cook gives the ball away with a short pass. Steve Cook makes a clearance. Fraser s away but can't find Brooks. 

Kieran Clark replaces Kenedy on 77 minutes. Bournemouth come forward. Daniels has hit a wayward pass. Atsu comes on for Diamé on 80 minutes.

Newcastle with Atsu cutting in on Aké and Begovic touches it away for a corner to Newcastle. Yedlin fires wide of the left post. Defoe is replacing Ibe on 82 minutes.

Rondón is fouled on half way.  Atsu's shot is high and wide. Fraser and Brooks, AFCB have a corner. Fraser doesn't beat the second man. Another Bournemouth corner. Brooks and Aké's knock on is saved by the keeper, it's in the net but given offside. Gosling's goal is ruled out.

Just four minutes of the 90 minutes to go. Francis makes a mistake and Rondón is away, but Begovic has saved with his trailing leg. Corner to Newcastle. Begovic catches.

Only four minutes of added time. Rondón goes down. Lewis Cook takes Rondón out and pushes his chest. Lewis Cook is booked and Rondón. Newcastle are running the clock down and that's it.

Summary
Bournemouth were flat in the first half and could not cope with Salomon Rondón. Against two bottom half sides now Bournemouth have tripped up in away games and while they had chances they were always chasing the game fro the seventh minute. It's back-to-back defeats for Bournemouth and the manager of the month award is certainly a curse for Eddie Howe's side. While the Cherries improved in the second half, they wasted some good opportunities, especially Ibe. The passing wasn't good enough today and Newcastle closed the game out well despite the pressure form Bournemouth. The injury to Lerma might not be too bad but Adam Smith could be out for a while.


AFCB Line up
AFCB Subs: Boruc, Daniels, Gosling, Surman, Pugh, Mousset, Defoe.

AFCB Ratings: Begovic 7, Francis 5, S Cook 5, Aké 5 (Daniels 4), A Smith 5, Ibe 4,
Lerma 6 (Gosling 45), L Cook 5, Fraser 6, Brooks 6, Wilson 5

Newcastle Utd
12 Dubravka, 22 Yedlin, 5 Schär, 18 Fernandez, 3 Dummett, 11 Ritchie (Hayden 74),
4 Ki Sung-yueng, 10 Diamé (Atsu 80), 15 Kenedy (Clark 77), 17 Pérez, 9 Rondón

Newcastle Subs: 2 Clark, 7 Murphy, 14 Hayden, 19 Manquillo, 21 Joselu, 26 Darlow, 30 Atsu

Ref Watch: Lee Probert - 5/10 possibly missed a penalty on David Brooks and Callum Wilson was maybe lucky to get away with a handball not that he could do much about it.

Cherry Chimes' MoM: Asmir Begovic

Saturday, 10 November 2018

Four or three at the back against Newcastle for AFCB?

In the last two league matches Bournemouth have stuck with three at the back. With Newcastle next up, Howe will have to make a decision on whether the system should stay the same or can be tweaked to perhaps match up with Newcastle United who often play 4-4-2.
Will Ibe and Stanislas both be on the bench today with King back in the team?
The 3-5-2 formation has made Bournemouth very attacking and they did manage a clean sheet against Fulham with this set-up, but Newcastle will be keen to get crosses in with Ritchie and Kenedy getting down the sides. Howe could decide to switch Adam Smith to left back again or he could bring Daniels or Rico into the side. The left-back position seems a place in the team that Howe has been happy to tinker with. Man United's first goal certainly came down that side with Sanchez managing to get down the flank and pull back the ball for Martial.

The left side will be examined by Matt Ritchie in particular so it is for me just about the most important decision Howe will make this week in his match preparation. If they can stop Ritchie having a big impact then they stop the service to Rondón and Muto.

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Some of Howe's decision could be made for him if King is fit to play. It would be natural to use King and Wilson in a two up front which lends itself to the 4-4-2 formation. I also believe that gives Howe more options from the bench in the sense of having some attacking players available to come on.


Possible AFCB Line up
AFCB Subs: Boruc, Mings, Rico, Gosling, Ibe, Stanislas, Defoe





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Friday, 9 November 2018

Will one win make Newcastle harder to beat?

Eddie Howe takes his team up to Newcastle knowing that Rafa Benitez's team have just had a morale booting win against Watford. Whether that makes then harder to beat at St James' Park won't be clear until we see how Newcastle United's players react to the way Bournemouth's front men have been playing of late.

Newcastle could do with a goalscorer.

Watford created plenty of chances against Newcastle, but were unable to take any of them. If Newcastle are still having difficult in stopping shots on goal then they won't find that their one win will help them too much against Bournemouth.

The Cherries are also now feeling like they have let points slip from a game where they should ave got something and training should be good this week. It was not a bad performance against Man United and Bournemouth's players are going to be eager to put last weekend's result behind them.

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Newcastle do have goalscorers but the team has only scored seven goals in their 11 games which is along way behind Bournemouth's 20 goals. What should give Newcastle fans some belief is how they played in getting a 0-0 draw with Southampton in an away game. That was probably a better result than the Watford game when they were fortunate to take the three points.

But having won at home, there is nothing hanging over Newcastle anymore. They can play with a bit more freedom even though they are still only out of the relegation zone on goal difference. Newcastle could be inspired if the crowd get behind them. So I don't find this a simple game for Bournemouth. There has to be a mentality that Newcastle are not going to be easy to beat and if the Cherries go into the game expecting it to be as hard as it was against Man United then they will be in a better position to put to make the most of it when they get opportunities to score. 


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The MAG: Cherry Chimes spoke to the MAG ahead of Newcastle Utd v AFCB


Newcastle press conference

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THE MAG
This week I had a chat with a Newcastle fan called Jonathan Drape-Comyn who works for the MAG. Newcastle have had a poor start to the seasons and Rafa Benitez has been under pressure. Still, a first home win last game against Watford should have given the Toon something to smile about. Playing Bournemouth next might not have been their pick of teams to play, but Newcastle have always managed to have a go against Bournemouth and the Cherries may find this game tougher than many others with the Toon army behind the home side.

CC: Can you see some light now that Newcastle have their first win?

TM:
No, not really. I don’t mean to come across all doom and gloom but light at the end of the tunnel would have to involve Mike Ashley leaving the club and I don’t see that coming any time soon.


As a fan base I think it is fair to say we are somewhat divided at the moment, and for fans like me, results on the pitch are not the most important thing presently.

CC: What worked better against Watford do you think - was having Rondón up front a help as a target man?

TM: I am not sure anything worked better to be honest. We should have been three or four nil down at half time! We played far better in the previous week at home to Brighton. On that occasion, they scored with their only chance. We scored with our only chance against Watford.

That’s football for you! Swings and roundabouts.

CC: Would you be happy with a 17th place finish?


TM: Yes, but if I was offered getting relegated in return for Mike Ashley leaving the club I would snap your hand off.

CC: How well is Matt Ritchie playing at the moment?


TM: Rafa gets the absolute maximum out of him, and likewise Ritchie gives his maximum out on the pitch. I wont pretend to know what he was like against Bournemouth, but for Newcastle he guarantees you 7/10 performance every week. He may lack quality or end product at times but that is a problem with the squad as a whole and not just Matt Ritchie.

CC: Who would you say has been Newcastle's best player so far this season?

TM: Well, we haven’t been very good have we? Federico Fernandez has been a brilliant signing and I think all of the fans are very happy with him. For me though, Jonjo Shelvey always looks like our biggest threat.

The odds are slimming on Newcastle picking up points regardless of what squad they put out, but if Shelvey isn’t playing then I don’t see us having much hope at all.

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CC: Do you feel like teams like Bournemouth have overtaken Newcastle United in some respects?

TM: Yes, in every single respect actually. I cant think of a respect where Bournemouth haven’t overtaken Newcastle to be honest. Capacity? Historical Success? There’s two but I can’t think of many more.

Bournemouth appear to be a club with more ambition, a better team, a better ownership, a happier fan-base, better facilities, young players either coming through or picking them up from lower leagues etc. Also, your style of football is something to be envious of too, as well as having a young English manager.

CC: What kind of signings are needed in January, how many, and do you think Mike Ashley will give Benitez the funds to buy anyone?


TM: A left back, right back, centre midfielder, a winger, a number 10 and a striker. Will Rafa get one of those? I doubt it.

CC: Are there any players with injuries who you think will miss this game?

TM: Florian Lejeune is out for the whole season which was a big miss at the time but Fernandez has stepped up and is doing well.

Muto, Lascelles and Shelvey went off injured against Watford. As I said before, I would still hope we could something without the first two of those players, but with no Shelvey I would worry.

CC: How do you think will Newcastle line up against Bournemouth

TM: The same as Rafa always does (4-2-3-1).
Dubravka
Yedlin, Schar, Fernandez, Dummett (assuming Lascelles is injured)
Diame, Shelvey
Ritchie, Perez, Kenedy
Rondon


CC: Is this a game you can feel confident about?

TM: Not at all. I don’t feel confident about any Newcastle games at the moment. If we drew Sunderland in the cup, I probably wouldn’t be confident about that! That is the way Mike Ashley has most fans today.

No belief, no hope!

CC: Well a big thanks to Johnathan who is certainly a suffering Newcastle United fan. I don't know if most Newcastle fans are more despondent that they won't get anywhere while Mike Ashley is the owner or that Sunderland fans are probably happier than them even if they are playing in League One! Still, football goes on and there is a game on Saturday to be won. The MAG has an update on the injuries for their players ahead of the game. Enjoy the game.

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In other news, Shaun Cooper has moved up to U21 manager at AFCB

Thursday, 8 November 2018

Wilson's England call up is well deserved

I had a smile on my face when I saw that Callum Wilson had been given a call up the Gareth Southgate's squad. He has been so near before and if the FA can give Wayne Rooney an extra cap I couldn't see why someone like Wilson was being overlooked. But sense has prevailed and we can now eagerly wait to see if Wilson can got on the pitch against the USA or Croatia. The international break has suddenly become a bit more interesting.
Wilson's 50th AFCB goal came against man Utd at the weekend.
With a 28-man squad there is a still a lot for Wilson to do to get a cap, but there is no point calling him up if Southgate is not prepared to see how he can perform in an England shirt. I am sure it is good news for Coventry City now that Callum is about to be an international player and I know I will feel really proud to see a Bournemouth player carrying the hopes of the nation.
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It is further recognition that Bournemouth's players are getting to the point when they are seen as professionals that can rival the top players in the Premier League. It is also a massive moment for Eddie Howe, Jason Tindall and the rest of the coaching staff who have put time and effort into helping Callum achieve this ambition.

It may of course just be the start of call ups not only for Callum but perhaps one or two more members of Eddie Howe's squad this year. While Lewis Cook is probably the most likely to be on Southgate's radar, it should give an extra bit of confidence to all the English Bournemouth players that they can get noticed with this incredible start to the season.

AFCB can use United loss to fire their energy

It was a brutal way for Bournemouth to lose the match against Manchester United last weekend. A defeat in extra-time always seems a devastating blow and when it comes against a team that is one of the biggest names in world football, it seems an even bigger defeat. But AFCB can't be disappointed with the way they performed and they can use their annoyance to fuel their own need to get more wins than ever before by adding more of a ruthless streak to their game.
AFCB will look to regain momentum at Newcastle.
Bournemouth had chances to put more goals past David de Gea than they ultimately achieved on the day. The way that the front three worked was great to watch and it was the final shot rather than the final pass that tended to let the team down. If AFCB can create a hat-full of chances against Man Utd then they can create even more against many other teams.

The players need to know that they had Man Utd hanging on before half-time for dear life and that they will win more games than lose with the kind of intensity that they showed in the opening half hour. But keeping those levels up week after week is what we need to see now. AFCB don't get to play Man Utd every week, but they need to take the frustration at not holding out for a point into their next match and be more ruthless against Newcastle United.

In the few days since last weekend's defeat there is more of a less emotional reflection to the game. Bournemouth played well and came very close to getting a positive result. There were more positives than negatives and the players should be confident that their levels are good enough to be one of the teams fighting for a top six finish.

Who makes room for King to return?

The ankle injury to Josh King has been keeping the Bournemouth striker out for a couple of weeks now and he has said to the Norwegian press that he could be 50:50 as to whether he plays this weekend. The competition for places is going to be high if King feels he is able to play, and it could change Eddie Howe's thinking on what formation he plays and who should make way if King can start.
Does King need to start against Newcastle United?
The goals were flowing against Fulham without Josh King, but Wilson was the only Bournemouth player to score at home against Manchester United. The movement was good among the front players in the last match and there could well have been more goals with a bit more care taken over the finishing. 

Josh King has himself scored most of his goals from the penalty spot. So finishing moves in open play is something that Eddie Howe may feel could be better, despite the high goal count this season. The manager will have to go with his gut feeling in my mind as to whether he starts with Stanislas or King. There is a rest after this match and an international break and it may be in Bournemouth's interests not to play King and hold him back or at least put him on the bench. But there's no guarantee of King not picking up another injury if he goes away with Norway on international duty.



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I still feel that King and Wilson is Howe's preferred choice to start games, when they are both available, and Fraser and Brooks are playing to well to consider leaving them out of the starting 11. So whether it is Stanislas or King that start against Newcastle, it is likely that neither will play the full 90 minutes in my mind.

Wednesday, 7 November 2018

Lewis Cook is pushing AFCB forward

It took Lewis Cook a few matches to force his way back into the team. Now he is playing next to Jefferson Lerma it is hard to see how he was left out in some of the earlier matches. They dovetail extremely well and seem to be a natural partnership in the centre of the park and prospects for this being a huge season for Lewis are building.
Lewis Cook and Stephen Purches before the game against United.

It's the forward passing of Lewis Cook that takes your breath away. He doesn't know how to be satisfied with just retaining possession. He likes to hurt teams and we saw that again against Manchester United for Bournemouth's goal, when the ball from the corner ended up back with him and he directed it straight forward to Junior Stanislas' run, before Stanislas crossed for Wilson to score.

What Lewis does so well is see the attacking players' runs. He is always quick to look up and is looking to see where to pass, before he has even received the ball. It's the quickness and intelligent thinking in his play that unlocks teams and Bournemouth have a crop of players that are thinking on their feet, which helps the decision-making for Cook in the middle of the park.
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With Fraser, Stanislas and Brooks proving to be extremely alert and switched on with their runs, Lewis can have his choice of who to pick out at any one moment and it is creating goals. I don't believe we have seen Bournemouth be anymore creative than we are seeing now in games and in time it should only get better as these young players get to know more about each others game.

Wilson just has to keep banging in the goals

Callum Wilson scored his seventh goal of the season and his 50th goal for the Cherries against Manchester United. Everyone is wondering when he will get an England call up and while he can't have done much more to get notice, he just has to keep the goals coming to get to a position where Gareth Southgate simply can't ignore him any longer.
Wilson won't be ignored by England if he keeps scoring.
His finish against Manchester United might well have been offside, even though the assistant referee didn't seem to think so. Sometimes you get that luck and Wilson's runs are getting picked out now, while his confidence just keeps rising. He has a good chance to hit 20 goals this season and if he does that he will surely be knocking on the door of an England call up.

What has perhaps kept Wilson out of a call up is the question of whether he could be more than just an out and out number nine, but I think he has answered that already with his number of assists. So while Kane and Rashford have the national manager's eye at the moment, Wilson will know he is not going to get higher up the pecking order unless he can keep the goals coming.
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It must be a bit of a change for Wilson not to have Josh king playing next to him at the moment. That may mean he is getting more space at times, but it is also easy for him to become isolated unless Fraser and Brooks are supporting close by. Wilson doesn't seem to mind coming deep at times and he nearly played in Fraser for the opening goal against Manchester United. I believe he is only just beginning to expand his game though and we may see Wilson become a much better striker for the way in which he has been developing his game to help the team.

Transfer News: Callum Wilson is said to be a January target for Chelsea according to the Daily Mirror. AFCB are also linked with Man City's Lukas Nmecha, a striker, who is on loan at Preston North End and team-mate Callum Robinson, plus Stoke City's Joe Allen.
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