Written by Rodmorg
One addition to my selection that would, of course, have caught the eye is the addition of Andrew Surman, yes, it may seem obvious but whenever he has been given the opportunity to play he’s given 100% effort… he’s a good motivator too and those two factors are what is desperately needed for us to stay up. I’m certain he’ll be brought into the side as captain too. Will Eddie Howe pick him? of course not. Philip Billing is extremely inconsistent and Surman is the opposite, yes his ability is as not good as Billing’s, but he tries and has a good left foot.
Speaking of, Diego Rico needs to be brought back into the side. Personally, I feel sorry for him, he has great ability and he should not be omitted for Adam Smith whose natural position is right back.
And of course, 4-3-3 needs to be used against Newcastle; 4-4-2 with Dominic Solanke upfront will produce no results bar a loss. We need a defensive midfielder to orchestrate the tempo etc. I’m sure Surman, Lewis Cook and Jefferson Lerma are all able to fulfil that role. I’ve chosen Surman as Cook and Lerma are far more useful upfield with their pace and creativity.
On a final note, if Joshua King can’t play, please use Sam Surridge upfront instead of Solanke… being frank he’s useless in his nearly 1 and a half year stay. At least Surridge has scored a goal in a league game…
Smith Cook Ake Rico
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Is what I’d like. Tough call to make if King isn’t fit.
Doubt Eddie will go with that though. Imagine we’ll see Smith at Left Back again and a samey midfield.
AFCB v Newcastle
Hopefully, King will be fit….if not then Solanke might at least hold the ball up and provide some decent link-up play which has been missing all season ….for all his faults he does have great feet to be fair….just a shame he can’t shoot with them.
I haven’t seen enough of Lloyd Kelly to be honest….no idea if he will be great at Left Back or not……like Tyrone Mings I’d say he was bought as a future Centre Back …..possibly Nathan Ake’s replacement.
In fact, I’d have Rico head of him at the moment.
Smithy has had some fantastic games playing Left Back in the past so don’t really see the problem with playing him there now ….we need players we can trust. – Join the conversation, click here.