Asmir Begovic losing his place as AFC Bournemouth’s first choice goalkeeper has certainly created it’s fair share of column inches in the British media.
AFC Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe was quick to explain the decision was more down to the performances of Artur Boruc in training rather than the poor run of form Begovic had shown in matches.
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During his final four games with the shirt, Begovic conceded 14 times and averaged a score of 5.5.
Begovic scored as low as 4.4 earlier in December against Liverpool during the 4-0 home defeat.
Since Artur Boruc claimed the shirt, during his 4 games, Boruc has claimed 2 clean sheets, conceded 5 times and averaged a score of 7.0.
But despite that support from his manager, the rumour mill still flowed and escalated into the rather bizarre situation that one tabloid newspaper denied that a bust-up between Howe and Begovic turned physical. The rather odd article never really suggested why anyone thought it may have done in the first place.
Ahead of the game against Liverpool, the media had their chance to directly quiz Howe about Begovic’s future at Dean Court, AFC Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe told the Daily Echo…
“That will be dictated by Asmir, not by me. I signed the player, really like the player. I have a lot of respect for Asmir personally and as a goalkeeper.
“There’s been no bust-up, no dispute, just a chat and a talk and I am very happy with where Asmir is at. He’s trained excellently – that’s the main thing as far as I’m concerned.
“What’s happened will be a normal occurrence at every Premier League club. I have had discussions with a lot of the players that aren’t playing.
With Boruc scheduled to leave the club on 29th May unless we can seek an extension I think we’ll need to look at Alternative Arrangements. Ramsdale is a decent backstop during the transition period but I think we’ll need to look at our future relationship with the EU No27 – Join the conversation, click here.