Sunday, 16 June 2019

Can Stanislas go injury-free to rival Brooks?

While Tottenham might have desires on David Brooks, a main concern for AFCB should be whether they have a  strong enough line up behind Brooks who can really challenge for his position next season. While there has been rumours about Ibe being sought after by Leicester City, AFCB may be ever more reliant on Junior Stanislas.
How many games can Stanislas get in next season?
Junior is probably my favourite player at the club. It is not because he plays a lot of games! Every season he picks up injuries and has found it very difficult to hold down a starting place for a while now. But I rate Stanislas very highly. He likes to take free kicks with a varying success rate and yet he has a habit of scoring very important goals when they really are needed in games. Many of the fightbacks AFCB make happen when Stanislas gets on the score sheet.

From what we have seen in the last season it will be hard for Stanislas to expect jump ahead of David Brooks. While Stanislas has also played as a make-do striker, Eddie Howe has used him sparingly in that role. I still don't believe we have seen the full potential of Stanislas who would benefit from having a full pre-season and regular season. Whether he is unlucky or his body is trying to tell him something is perhaps only something he knows. But a tip-top Junior Stanislas is a fantastic asset for AFCB. We need him on the pitch and playing with confidence.

What I fear for Stanislas is that if he doesn't get into the team early on we could see him as one of the players who is let out on loan come January next year, especially if AFCB have brought in one or two new wingers in the summer. So the first few months of the season could be the biggest test for Stanislas for quite some time, and that's not easy when you know you are coming back from another serious injury-laden season.

In other news, AFCB has released a club statement from Neill Blake on the situation with Ryan Fraser after the Bournemouth Echo posted an article on Fraser not having spoken with AFCB on his future for some time and other reports state that Fraser believes it is unlikely any club will pay £30m for him. It seems that AFCB wanted to make clear that it has made every effort to get Fraser to sign a new contract and that they hope to work with hime next season, but "In September 2018, at the request of Ryan’s representative, negotiations were paused to allow the player to focus entirely on his football," said Neill Blake.

Meanwhile, Jefferson Lerma provided an assist in the second goal of Colombia's 2-0 win over Argentina in their Copa America match. Colombia next play Qatar on Wednesday.

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