Tuesday, 18 December 2018

More attack-minded streak needed for AFCB

The Cherries enjoyed a lot of possession against Wolves without hurting the opposition. It was a game that Bournemouth can learn a lot from, because they had the ball but didn't use it as wisely as they might. It is from these kind of matches that Howe will dissect the attacking nature of Bournemouth's moves and see where their play can improve in and around the opposition's box.
Josh King is looking to find the net again, but has not scored in the past couple of matches.
The game was notable for the lack of saves that Patricio had to make. The forward arrangement of King, Fraser and Stanislas fell flat. It is apparent that Josh King was pleading to be the main central striker over the summer rather than being pushed out on the wings and now that he has been given that opportunity he has not been able to hit his stride in making and scoring goals in Callum Wilson's absence.

Junior Stanislas had a lot of the ball and can say that he hit the post and cross bar with his second half free kick, but was it enough from a player of his talents? Junior has been in and out of the team and getting back to playing regularly is something he has not been familiar with for many seasons. Whether he can just turn on the tap we will have to wait and see.
Ryan Fraser has been involved in most of Bournemouth's good attacking play, but he didn't manage to get away from his marker at Wolves enough to create a killer ball. With David Brooks rested for the match against Wolves, it is possible that he will come back into the team, but AFCB's creative positivity from earlier in the season is evaporating.

Does Eddie Howe change things up further now? The match against Chelsea could see him give a chance to Mousset and Defoe and perhaps this can give him a fresh out look on what he can do with the attack in the league, because at the moment Eddie Howe needs to inject something into the forward lay of AFCB.

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