Wednesday, 4 March 2020

Stacey impact is well-timed

Quite a few fans were unsure as to who most deserved the man of the match against Chelsea. I have no problems with those who felt Jack Stacey's contribution was the most significant, even if I gave the man of the match to Jefferson Lerma for getting the ball rolling in Bournemouth's favour.
Jack Stacey has suddenly stepped up to the grade AFCB need.
Jack Stacey has made the right back position his. To move Adam Smith from there shows that he has been doing something special in training and on Saturday we saw it with our eyes as he belted down the right wing to provide overlap after overlap. His crossing was spot on for Philip Billing in the opening minutes of the match, and for the second goal he made a cross that was precision perfect for Josh King to just run into the net, knowing that he had timed his run to stay onside.


If Jack can keep providing that kind of service, then Bournemouth will start scoring more than a goal a game, which is what they really need now. Stacey might not have been seen as a main weapon, but perhaps he has been watching what Trent Alexander-Arnold has been doing at Liverpool and has picked up a few tips. The game on Saturday will be harder for hime to make such an impact, but if he can force Andrew Robinson to defend a little more often than he'd like then Bournemouth will be in the game. Jermaine Jenas pointed out how well Jack had played on Match of the Day, and considering that Jack hasn't played much this season it was certainly his best game in a Bournemouth shirt against Chelsea.
Jack now has to be consistent and that s not easy against a team like Liverpool. He can take great confidence though from his game against Chelsea. He should have had a couple of assists, but for Billing's poor shooting and we know that Jack has a shot on him himself, which we might start to see now that he knows he is playing well.


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