A little over two months ago, AFC Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe was explaining his decision to drop apparent first-choice goalkeeper Asmir Begovic for veteran shot-stopper Artur Boruc.
Ever since his £10million move from Chelsea during the summer of 2017, Begovic had held the number one spot for the Cherries.
But whilst the decision to drop Begovic had come as a surprise due to Howe’s loyalty to the Bosnia international, his form and statistics mentioned in the article above gave a clear indication behind Howe’s thinking.
So after Boruc had put in a number of decent performances since regaining the shirt and no clear errors, it was another surprise decision to see Begovic reinstated for AFC Bournemouth’s trip to Leicester City.
Speaking after the defeat to Leicester, AFC Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe told the Daily Echo…
“I have always said I feel like I have two number ones. Asmir trained very well and deserved to play.
“I have got two very good goalkeepers and they are both very experienced. I have no doubts that they will do a very good job for the team.”
“Regarding the decision on Artur, I spoke to him.
“It’s always difficult because I love and respect every member of the squad. To not pick them is difficult but I have to make the right decision for the team.”
I was never a real fan of Boruc during his first regular spell in the first team, but since his return this season, the defence has looked far more at ease and relaxed, with the big Pole behind them.
For that reason alone, I would definitely have kept Boruc in goal and as far as I could see, Artur had made no costly mistakes, so why on earth did Eddie change keepers?
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