Tuesday, 10 July 2018

Can Connor Mahoney get a Premier League start this season?

To be at Bournemouth football club is one thing and to play in the Premier League is another. Connor Mahoney was sent out to get another Championship season under his belt at Barnsley, but will be back training with the regulars this month in a pre-season that could see him boost his chances of getting that Premier League debut.
Can Connor Mahoney get Premier League games under his belt this coming season?
It may be hard for Connor to challenge the likes of Jordan Ibe so quickly, but he has seen how the pace of the Championship goes and now he could do with getting to know more about his parent club and the difference between the Championship and Premier League. It must have been fairly tough playing for Barnsley at the wrong end of the table and the game experience he will have taken on board in Yorkshire will no doubt stand him in good stead. But he'll have joined Bournemouth for the lure of the Premier League and to work with Eddie Howe, so I hope he great more opportunity to do that in the coming months.

Connor may need injuries to others to help him up the pecking order, but I'd like to think that Bournemouth do try and get young players in and around the first team as soon as they can and Connor's apprenticeship has been similar to Ryan Fraser's early days. Whether Connor has the skill and game craft to step up again needs to be tested, and I'd like to see him on the bench to give him some excitement of how he is in touching distance of what he wants.

Eddie Howe will of course make the decision when that is right for Connor and for AFCB. But keeping Connor on the right track and happy that he is making progress is going to be tough if he is still not involved like Jack Simpson has been with the first team. Add Emerson Hyndman and new signing David Brooks into the mix, and Bournemouth are starting to gather a few youngsters that are bubbling around the first team. Lys Mousset has shown that you can get into the team with hard work and persistence and I'm interested to see if there are some others like Connor who can push their way closer to the Premier League appearance that will really give them the bigger stage every football player wants.

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