Sunday, 8 September 2019

Charlie Daniels' injury is a big blow for AFCB

Eddie Howe now has a big problem on the left side of defence. With Charlie Daniels out for the season he is having to reconstruct his defence again, and in the match against Leicester City it was Nathan Aké that filled the vacant role at left-back. It's likely that Nathan will have this job for sometime with Adam Smith and Lloyd Kelly also out of the picture.
Charlie Daniels will have to sit out another year at AFCB
Charlie Daniels is one of the senior players and a great influence on other team members. He would have made up for one or two other players like Simon Francis not being around on the pitch, but Steve Cook is the man who will have to take most responsibility for the Cherries' performances now. It adds extra pressure on players who have been in the team longer like Callum Wilson and Josh King, who will know the team need his goals more than ever.

What the team need to do is to play for Charlie. If they have that common goal that Charlie didn't deserve such bad luck, then they have to try and use that to improve performances. The numbers are not good for the Cherries at the moment. They need competition for positions and currently that is being squandered with the quickly rising injury list.

Eddie Howe has Diego Rico and Jack Stacey as cover players who are specialists and left-back and right-back players, but of he does not play them then what does this say about AFCB's recruitment? The team is surely better to play those players that train specially to play in these positions. It underlines the feeling that AFCB have not done enough yet to replace some of the players that won them promotion to the Premier League four years ago.

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