Tuesday, 12 November 2019

Ryan Fraser and Harry Wilson swap on for January?

The national press are all over the news that Ryan Fraser is in advance talks with Liverpool for a January move. This really shouldn't be a big surprise for AFCB supporters, although Arsenal had always been seen as the front runners. Arsenal may not be willing to pay a fee for the winger though and Liverpool would appreciate the extra attacking legs of Fraser for the title run-in. As Liverpool have not won the Premier League, Klopp is looking to ensure they don't run out of steam this time. Bournemouth fans also seem keen on a swap deal for Harry Wilson going the other way, but local press have been pouring cold water on suggestions that AFCB will sell in January.
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Ryan has been a bit of a shadow of the player that created so many goals for Callum Wilson last season. While he did get on the score sheet against Everton, he'll be annoyed that he hasn't netted since. With the rumours now out that his advisers have been talking to Liverpool, it opens him up to further scrutiny of his performances in a red and black shirt and perhaps explains that he has been finding it hard to concentrate on his game, when such a big move is in the offing for him. 

I am sure Andrew Robertson at Liverpool has been telling Ryan that he should come and join them and Liverpool have always had a strong bond with Scottish players in the past. Who wouldn't want to follow in the footsteps of Graham Souness and Kenny Dalglish?

It won't be easy for Ryan to push into the starting 11, but I don't think that will bother him too much at Anfield. He'll have everything he needs around him to make him an even better player and Jurgen Klopp will be rubbing his hands to get hold of a player that has shown that he has great Premier League ability.
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Where does it leave AFCB? Well, if Ryan goes in January they may get a small transfer fee which is better than nothing in the summer. The space created will look enticing to Arnaud Danjuma, but I suspect that Jordan Ibe could also be leaving in January and Bournemouth could move themselves for another winger to replace Fraser. They'll be plenty of Cherries fans wanting Harry Wilson, but I am not sure Liverpool will want to part with their young Welshman.

I will wish Ryan Fraser all the best if he does go. What he has achieved at AFCB is as good as any player under Howe's reign and it is great to see our players in demand by the top clubs.

Here is what the media, AFCB and Liverpool fans were saying on Ryan Fraser last night.

Monday, 11 November 2019

Did King wimp out of scoring?

I thought some of the criticism of Josh King was unfair, after late minute chance against Newcastle United. I am sure that King would have wanted to score. The angle from the flick on from Aké did not look as favourable as some fans might have though, and the ball was travelling at speed.
Could Josh have done more to get onto the late cross at Newcastle?
Of course, we wanted Josh to stick the chance away. If he had come out with it with a broken nose or a bump on his head and stills cored he would have been a big hero. But I don't believe a player has time to always think, gosh here is a chance- hang on, if I go for this I could get hurt! The speed of the game is too quick. If King thought he could get to the ball better, I'm sure he would have lunged at with more intent.


I wonder if the criticism of Josh would not have been so strong had he not done so well in the previous week. The British love praising people one week and knocking them down the next. It is more important to back them when things don't work out as we'd hoped. Creating a positive bubble around players pays off in the end and the negativity is I hope something that AFCB fans don't dwell on too long, as we have some great players that are capable of amazing things.

As a fan we all want our team to win. The players probably feel the pressure more than anyone in representing the club. No one wants to let their fans down and Josh King was not responsible for the cherries going 2-1 down in the game. Looking at the bigger picture, we should be asking why did it take to the last minute of added time to finally get a half chance to level the scores?
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Sunday, 10 November 2019

Newcastle comeback to sink Cherries 2-1

Match Report
Newcastle United 2 v 1 AFC Bournemouth
9 November 2019
Attendance: 44,424

Newcastle end AFCB's run of clean sheets.
This was a thrilling match with Bournemouth taking the early lead with a superbly worked set-piece goal from a corner. Fraser and King liked well and the Wee-man's ball back to Harry Wilson was met with a crisp finish, inside the left post on 14 minutes. Fraser might have made it 2-0 a few minutes later, but ended up in the net himself. Later in the half he rounded the keeper only to be denied by a goal line clearance. But Newcastle turned it round by half-time. While Saint-Maximan hit the bar from eight yards, his later cross was headed in by Yedlin, just thee minutes before half-time, beating the offside trap. The second-half was a much more equal and the next goal would be all important. It fell to Newcastle and Cieran Clark, when Bournemouth failed to clear a corner. The Cherries couldn't find away back and, even with King's last minute header going wide, they didn't seem to believe they would get back into it.

Eddie Howe brought in Lewis Cook for the suspended Jefferson Lerma in the starting 11. Jack Stacey also replaced Lloyd Kelley on the bench, and Dan Gosling made the bench with Lerma not in the squad. Bournemouth lined up in lime green shirts and socks and blue shorts.

Match Description
Billing is getting involved early on jumping over a player. Ramsdale has to punch and Bournemouth have to do some defending.

Callum Wilson gets to stretch his legs and Dubravka and Lascelles come together as Callum tries to get the ball. Both Newcastle players are getting treatment and there's a free kick to Newcastle.

Adam Smith comes forward and finds Fraser who cuts in and has a go from long range but its rising over on six minutes. Steve Cook makes a good tackle on Saint-Maximin. Callum Wilson sends in King with Fraser coming in and somehow Newcastle keep it out.

At the other end Willems has robbed Smith and shoots, but Ramsdale saves well to his left down low. It's an open game here. Rico has been fouled.

Bournemouth are looking comfortable in possession. Newcastle aren't pressing much. Fraser spots King, who crosses for Callum Wilson and the header just goes over the bar perhaps with a deflection - corner to Bournemouth on 14 minutes. Harry Wilson meets Fraser's pass well to slip Bournemouth ahead 0-1 bottom left corner. King did well keeping Newcastle players occupied at the near post and Fraser put the ball back to Harry Wilson, who had a great amount of space to slip in the shot.

A shot right at the top corner is just kept out by Dubravka. King played it to Rico and it was a great shot. King has gone in on Lascelles who again topples into Dubravka. Possession is 67 per cent for the Cherries at the moment.


Lascelles is going off on 20 minutes and is replaced by Dummett. Willems to JonJo Shelvey, who has a dig from 20 yards but it's two yards over.

Joellinton from 20 yards hits it low and Ramsdale has to save on the floor. Steve Cook was able to get a slight block on it to take the sting off. Harry Wilson is down but has a free kick.

Adam Smith battles back well to chop down Willems who was on the charge. Almirón misses a good chance only a few yards out. Steve Cook makes a clearance. Newcastle are having a good spell. Bournemouth are putting two players on Saint-Maximan. Fernandez has a pop, but he is so far out it's easy for Ramsdale to get behind.

Adam Smith does well to read Willems ball to Saint-Maximan. Hayden has a problem with the top of his left thigh. Aké gets a header away from Saint-Maximan's cross.

Possession is 82 per cent in AFC Bournemouth's favour apparently. That seems a bit heavier than what we are seeing. Long ball over the top to Fraser, who goes round the keeper, but he has shot just off target and it's cleared on 35 minutes. That was so close.

Harry Wilson goes rampaging through the middle and is taken down by Hayden who gets a yellow card. A good position this, but it's clipped over by Harry Wilson, got that one wrong. 

Steve Cook has made a mistake Saint-Maximan is in and he's hit the bar! How did he miss that. The follow up comes in and Ramsdale has saved it. Corner to Newcastle. Well it should be 1-1.

Saint-Maximan round and shoots and coming in is Yedlin who buries the header from a yard but is he offside? VAR is employed, it's 1-1. Bournemouth are pegged back just before half-time.

Willems to Hayden and Joelinton on the break hits the shot wide. Josh King takes the ball down on his chest from Natahn Aké, but he's powered it into the side netting. Five minutes of added time.

Ramsdale come out just in time ahead of Saint-Maximan. JonJo Shelvey has a shot charged down. Fraser puts in a cross it's long. Harry Wilson puts it back in but Dubravka is there. It's all swung around here. AFCB need a big second half.

AFCB possession 60 per cent, shots 8, shots on target 2, corners 1, fouls 3
Newcastle United 40 per cent, shots11, shots on target 4, corners 1, fouls 5


Second half
Rico does well at the back having been hemmed in. Lewis Cook's pass. Callum Wilson just sees the ball fall away when he would have been in on the edge of the box. 

Billing loses the ball and Aké tidies up. Billing heads a long throw out for a corner to Newcastle.It's gone back and come in to the penalty spot. A knock on and  by Frenandez and it's tapped in by Cieran Clark 2-1 to Newcastle. The challenges were weak in Bournemouth's defence, 52 minutes gone. The pundits say Steve Cook switched off and lost his marker.

Lewis Cook fins King. Fraser is in, but can't find a good pass. Saint-Maximan keeps the ball superbly with Bournemouth players all around him and Ramsdale has to make a save as Willems has a shot.

Over the top and Ramsdale comes out to stop Joelinton, great save, corner. Ramsdale gets tow hand to the ball. Fraser back to Billing, who swings over a high shot.

Good defensive header by Adam Smith and Willems' shot comes off Steve Cook. Fraser just can't make a pass. He has a free kick. Almirón fouls Wee-man. That's easy for the keeper.

AFCB bring on Solanke and Francis on 66 minutes with Rico and Harry Wilson going off. Bournemouth go three at the back and Adam Smith pushes up into midfield. Solanke goes up the middle and has a shot blocked.

Fraser will take a free kick on 71 minutes. Billing puts and aimless ball in that Dubravka, swallows up. Lewis Cook and Steve Cook have blocked shots. Adam Smith does well to hold up Saint-Maximin on the break.

Crosses from Francis and Lewis Cook don't find a Bournemouth player. Fernandez is booked for a foul on Fraser. Saint-Maximin is away Francis can't keep up and Ramsdale makes a stunning save, Amiron follows up and it's over the bar hitting his own player on 77 minutes.

Danjuma is on from Adam Smith. on 78 minutes. Billing makes a weak header at goal. Joleinton is on against Steve Cook. He cut's back and Ramsdale has saved that, too.

Almirón fouls Danjuma and Bournemouth have a free kick. Almiroón was angrey Dnnjuma had not put the ball out when Joelinton went down and all the players are having their say. 

Andy Carrol is coming on for Newcastle as Joelinton comes off with seven minutes left. Aké wins a free kick. Danjuma is offside.

Lewis Cook finds Callum Wilson. Fraser to Wilson. The game has been stopped, Willems is down. Solanke and Fraser keep looking for a shot. 

Lewis Cook to Wilson and a corner to Bournemouth on 88 minutes. Fraser to Francis and shot blocked. Danjuma and Aké, Billing to Steve Cook for an overhead and Carroll got in the way. Saint-Maximin is subbed for Atsu.

Added time goes up, six minutes. Solanke down the left. Francis now. Danjuma plays it behind Lewis Cook. Carroll gets it clear.
Last chance for Bournemouth. Danjuma on the left drags back and goes down. Corner.  Aké flicks on and back post it's King he has headed it wide! 

Bournemouth again lost a game going into the international break. Things looked so positive after Harry Wilson's goal, but slowly the game turned round after Yedlin's goal before half-time.  Slack defending led to the second Newcastle goal, while Bournemouth couldn't get their decision making right in the final third. The only positive was Aaron Ramsdale, who looks totally at home at this level.

AFCB Line-up
AFCB Subs: Boruc, Mepham, Francis, Stacey, Gosling, Danjuma, Solanke

AFCB Ratings
Ramsdale 9, Smith 5, S Cook 5, Aké 8, Rico 7, H Wilson 7, L Cook 7, Billing 5, Fraser 6, King 5, C Wilson 5

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Ref Watch: 8/10 Martin Atkinson - had a solid game.

Newcastle Utd

1 Dubravka, 22 Yedlin, 18 Fernandez, 6 Lascelles (Dumme 20), 2 Clark, 15 Willems, 24 Almirón
14 Hayden, 8 Shelvey, 10 Saint-Maximin (Atsu 88), 9 Joelinton (Carroll 83)

Newcastle Utd Subs
3 Dummett, 7 Carroll, 12 Gayle, 17 Krafth, 26 Darlow, 30 Atsu, 43 M Longstaff

Saturday, 9 November 2019

Is Steve Bruce turning it around at Newcastle?

Newcastle United might only be three points above the relegation zone, but they have had most of the stat of the season playing the top teams. Having picked up four points from their last two games, it is tempting to think that Newcastle are on the right track.

The home form of Newcastle United is pretty good of late. They have picked up a draw against Wolves and beat Man United 1-0, just like Bournemouth, as well as picking up score draws against Brighton and Watford. In fact, they haven't been beaten at St James' Park, but they have been drawing a few too many games. One win though and they would close up to a point behind Bournemouth.

So, I don't see this as a bottom side against a top side. The two teams are probably going to be quite evenly matched. Newcastle played very much on the break against West Ham in their last match and only had 30 per cent possession. But on the break they were fast with Allan Saint-Maxim making incisive runs down the middle of the pitch. Joelinton has also kept his place in the starting line-up, even if he has only scored once in 11 games. Paraguayan Miguel Almirón has also been consistently picked by Bruce in midfield alongside JonJo Shelvey.

Where Newcastle have been less successful is in keeping goals out. They tend to concede a goal a game consistently. Looking at the last home game the Toon had, they gave Wolves as many shots as Newcastle had themselves and Wolves had five shots on target. Against Man United they also conceded possession at 32 per cent but kept a clean sheet and had as many shots as United. Brighton too had the majority of possession at 72 per cent and it is likely that Newcastle are setting up this way to try and catch teams on the break.

For Bournemouth there will be an enforced change with Jefferson Lerma suspended for one match, but we have seen Dan Gosling training this week and Lewis Cook will also have his eyes on a starting spot next to Philip Billing. Let's also not forget that AFCb are going for a record fourth clean sheet in a row in the Premier League today, such has been the form of Nathan Aké and Steve Cook.
Newcastle United Home Form

AFCB Away Form


Possible AFCB Line-up
AFCB Subs: Boruc, Francis, Kelley, Mepham, Gosling,  Danjuma, Solanke

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Friday, 8 November 2019

Callum Wilson knows goals are what will keep him in the England team

Callum Wilson has had a bit of a lean spell in front of goal. He is still top scorer though at AFCB and I'm sure he loves the pressure of being the man who is expected to be the leading goalscorer for the club at the end of the season. His competition for England spaces is now very high, with young forwards such as Tammy Abrahmam, Marcus Rashford and the more experienced captain, Harry Kane, vying for starting positions.
Callum Wilson could do with a goal boost this weekend.
Callum has always looked good when playing for his country, but he hasn't had that many minutes. I was impressed with his performance at the end of the last England game and yet it will be tough for him to get a start at the moment. Callum has to keep playing well for AFCB and that is probably his main concern. If he can keep up with the top goalscorers in the Premier League, he won't be overlooked.


I am not sure when the last Bournemouth player went to a tournament for the full England squad, but there has to be a good chance that Callum can achieve that next year. It is crazy that Tyrone Mings could also achieve that, and it shows me how careers can take sudden changes in direction. It will be good for both Callum and Villa's Tyrone to get some top European football, and I expect the European Championship's can't come soon enough for them. But there will be growing expectations on the team to do well in a tournament that can be considered a home Championship.
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Trying to keep doing the right thing is not easy when you are in the limelight for England, Callum is very focused though, and you can see that playing for England means a lot for him. But he can't take it for granted, for as we have seen, even Manchester United players fall out of the squad when they are not performing and Jesse Lingard would have been expected to be in front of Callum Wilson only a few months ago.

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I spoke with Olly this week at NUFC Blog a leading Newcastle United blog. I wanted to see how things were now under Steve Bruce and if the fans were getting down to watching to football and if they had a strong opinion about any of the new players.

CC: What have you made to Steve Bruce's start to the season - is he beginning to win fans over?

NUFC: It's been worrying at times, with us often leaving our new £40m striker far too isolated and lacking a real threat in the final third as a result, but results over the past few weeks have picked up. I'm still disappointed by his appointment and worry for us this season, but am encouraged by the fact we've steadied the ship with two wins, one draw and one loss at Chelsea in our last four.

CC: Last time out Newcastle went into a 0-3 win against West Ham and the game looked over, so how concerning is it that the Hammers scored twice late on?

NUFC: It was more the fact we failed to finish our chances to put the game completely out of sight - although I was very encouraged to finally see us create and score more than once for the first time this season! That said, it is a slight worry that we made hard work of a game we should've won by three or four, with us clinging on in the end despite a completely abject display from West Ham in all areas of the pitch. We can't afford to be so wasteful at both ends on Saturday.

CC: Allan-Saint Maxim was remarkably quick against West Ham. Has it taken him a while to get up to speed in the Premier League?

NUFC: He is a real livewire and tore Pablo Zabaleta to shreds on Saturday, so he's a real one to watch for you this weekend. I hope your right-back is ready as he'll be coming up against Europe's most prolific dribbler according to the stats!

He's settled into life on Tyneside brilliantly, but it must be said that a hamstring injury made for a stuttering start to his season. Thankfully, he's come through our last few games unscathed and looks a huge threat - although he must improve his final ball, with him wasting a few big one-on-ones at West Ham.

CC: I hear Matt Ritchie is out with an ankle injury that he had operated on. Is he a big miss for Newcastle United these days?

NUFC:  Luckily, Dutch loanee Jetro Willems has come in and played superbly in Ritchie's absence, meaning he may struggle to get back into the side when fully fit. That said, his energy, passion and commitment to the cause is absolutely outstanding and has been missed at times. He isn't the most talented of players, but he's a fan favourite for his drive and determination alone.

CC: Selling Ayoze Perez to Leicester must have gone down pretty badly with Newcastle fans, I'm guessing - signs of no ambition - perhaps?

NUFC: It was a bitter pill to swallow, but Leicester's ambition on and off the pitch over the past few seasons proves exactly why he was right to join them, sadly. He was a streaky player who'd go missing at times then suddenly fire in five goals in four games, but he always worked hard, chipped in with vital goals and flourished under Rafa Benitez's guidance over the past two years.

CC: JonJo Shelvey appears to be back to his best. Do you think he is playing his best football at the moment at Newcastle?

NUFC: He was back to his best last Saturday, but that was a rare start for him these days and the sort of performance that has been few and far between during his Newcastle career in recent years. He has bags of ability and stunning technique at times, but consistency and his work ethic off the ball has always been the big issue. The true test will be seeing if he can put in a repeat performance on Saturday, with him almost certain to start with Sean Longstaff suspended.


CC: Newcastle have played many of the big teams so do you have a false league position and that the team can start picking up points more rapidly now with the next round of fixtures?

NUFC: You're right, we have played several top six sides this season and are set to face several more 'winnable' games between now and Christmas, however it's worth nothing that we've beaten Man Utd and Spurs but failed to win any of our games against Norwich, Brighton, Watford and Wolves so far. No disrespect, but Saturday's game will be a test of our ability to win against a beatable side at St James' Park.

CC: Having beaten Spurs and Man Utd, Newcastle seem to get up for the big games. So is it more of a worry when you have a team like AFC Bournemouth coming to your ground?

NUFC: Definitely. It's almost like we don't know how to approach a game where we are expected to be on the front foot, where as we thrive against 'bigger' sides, being better when we sit back, absorb pressure and then hit teams on the counter.

That said, we'll be motivated to come away with another win on Saturday and keep the momentum going after by far our best attacking display of the season at West Ham last time out.

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CC: Only Watford have scored fewer goals than Newcastle - is that because Steve Bruce stets up too defensively?

NUFC: At times yes, without a doubt. Joelinton has been far too isolated for the vast majority of this season, however our transfer policy has also been flawed.

We lost two proven Premier League goal scorers over the summer in Perez and Rondón and replaced them with a talented but unproven young duo from abroad in Saint-Maximin and Joelinton.

They have plenty of ability, but we've placed a lot of pressure on young shoulders here so have to hope we can play with much more attacking intent as we did last weekend. Things are starting to click, but our front three have scored just once between them all season, so confidence in front of goal is still low – despite signs of improvement.

CC: How do you expect Newcastle to line up for this game?

NUFC: Dubravka - Yedlin, Fernandez (Schar if he's fit to return), Lascelles, Clark, Willems - Hayden, Shelvey - Almiron, Joelinton, Saint-Maximin.

We tend to play with three centre-backs, two wing-backs, two holding midfielders and two wide men either side of a central striker. It's often a 3-4-2-1 with the ball and a 5-4-1 off the ball.

CC: What is your score prediction for the match?

NUFC: My heart fancies us to pick up from where we left off and take all three points in a 2-1 win, but my head fears that we'll struggle to cope with Wilson and King and be picked off. With that in mind, I'll say a 1-1 draw.

You have a dynamic attack that can cause any defence trouble on your day, but I've noticed you've scored just one goal in your last four and will be without Jefferson Lerma. A draw seems the most likely outcome to me.

CC: Thanks to Olly. The score prediction is a tough call this week. I don't think either team will want a draw but it could be a likely out come with clean sheets prominent for Bournemouth. Newcastle will have to show their home fans they can do it at St James' Park and that brings its own pressure, but Steve Bruce is clearly loving it back in the Premier League and AFCB will need to be ready for his game plan. Read more re-match views of Newcastle United at NUFC Blog.

Thursday, 7 November 2019

Are Bournemouth about to unleash more goals?

It has been a bit of a grind up front for the Cherries of late. One goal in four games is not very characteristic of Eddie Howe sides, but the creativity of the side was buzzing again in the last game against Man United, and they'll need that against Newcastle who are also in good form.
Ryan Fraser is stuck on one goal this season which he scored against Everton.

Callum Wilson leads the goalscoring chart on four goals but hasn't scored sine the West Ham game at the end of September. You could say he is due a goal and yet his record has not suddenly come to a slowdown, because he has been missing many chances. I suppose the way he walked through Watford's defence and yet ran out of room to score was the most annoying chance he had to add to his total, but Callum is always on the edge and looking for that opportunity. It will come, and he could do with a goal going into the international break.

Josh King has three goals now and will be pleased that he has scored from open play again having last done that against West Ham United. He may be disappointed to have only had the one penalty at Aston Villa to stick away, but his general play has been extremely good considering he has played on the wing and upfront. He is only five goals away from having 50 career Premier League goals, and this season he already has two assists. Bournemouth always look a powerful side with Josh King in full flow and he'll want to get on a scoring run to keep his position ahead of Dominic Solanke.

The other attacker that is critical to AFCB's balance is Ryan Fraser. I felt he was getting back to his best against Manchester United. He was getting back to do the things he does well in making early passes and shooting as soon as he saw an opportunity. He may have been critical himself of not hitting the odd volley as crisply as he'd like, but he is looking more like the player of last season which is great to see. He probably just needs to up his shot count which is a steady 11 shots from 10 appearances.

If these three can click and Harry Wilson can put some of his magic on free kicks at Newcastle United, we could see a goal haul yet return to AFCB. The team is playing well enough if they can keep creating the chances.

Brooks return might well take AFCB up another level

While Eddie Howe has said that David Brooks is still some way off, returning because he hasn't trained with the team yet, I am one that can't wait to see him back playing. The Welsh winger has been out since pre-season with an ankle injury and Bournemouth have missed his vision and creative decision -making on the right wing.
David Brooks should be stepping up his training this month.
While Harry Wilson has come in and done a pretty good job, the understanding that Brooks has with King and Callum Wilson is exceptional. Brooks is a player that we know has shown fast improvement in his game every time he steps out in the Premier League. It will have been a while since David played and Eddie Howe will make sure it is not too soon, perhaps we will see him before the end of this month though.


It makes me wonder, where would AFCB have been if David had been fit in the early part of the season? I think we all like to see the young players especially playing and doing well in the Premier League. That honour has probably fallen on Aaron Ramsdale the most this season and we can all see how much he is enjoying it.

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Eddie Howe is still probably not that satisfied with the right wing play for AFCB. We have seen Danjuma and Harry Wilson take turns to start n the last two games. In a way, it is the main little fix that Howe is perhaps most concerned with now. The defence is doing well and if Josh King, Ryan Fraser and Josh King can start picking up goals , there isn't a lot wring about the team if they can keep the clean sheets coming. Just that tweak in the right might take AFCB up one more level.

Wednesday, 6 November 2019

Philip Billing has fitted in well

We have now seen Philip Billing make 11 Premier League appearances for AFC Bournemouth and he has become a regular starter for Eddie Howe. His most difficult moment probably came against Aston Villa when he was booked in the first half, but he has picked up other cards at Leicester, Arsenal and Watford and will hope to avoid another card against Newcastle.

On the attacking front we are yet to see Philip break his duck, although he has come close a few times and he had managed one assist in his 11 games. He has had 13 shots so is averaging about one shot a game but has only had two on target, which to me indicates that he has been mainly shooting from long range. While he averages 43 passes a game, the thing that I have noted about his game is that he loves a long pass and has made 21 accurate long passes to date, according to his Premier League stats.

This next weekend he will be playing without Jefferson Lerma, who has been suspended but he has played with Lewis Cook before and they played well together against Everton when the Cherries were dominant in midfield. It will be a bit of a little and large show again. Their challenge will be to keep the block on Newcastle and to keep the clean sheets going.

Newcastle have some quick players and hit West Ham last week with their counter-attacking and long balls over the top. Bournemouth didn't defend too well against Leicester when they played balls over the top and bypassing Philip Billing and Lewis Cook is something that AFCB will have to watch out for.