“Hear ye, hear ye”
As the chant for other players goes, Jack Simpson is “one of our own”, having come through the AFC Bournemouth youth set up from before he became a teenager.
He is the only product of the Cherries youth system to have come through to the first team and feature in the Premier League, playing over an hour against eventual Premier League champions Manchester City.
It’s a feat to be proud of, but Simpson will not blow his own trumpet.
It was a baptism of fire for the youngster, playing in central defence, AFC Bournemouth would eventually lose 4-0.
They remain the 21-year-old’s only top flight, or indeed any league minutes.
But Simpson has enjoyed first-team appearances in the cup competitions, including 1 FA Cup appearances and 3 League Cup appearances, totalling 450 minutes and scoring on his debut.
Two of those appearances have come during the current campaign, with victories over the club from stadium: MK and Blackburn Rovers.
Simpson told the Daily Echo…
“I owe a lot to how the club have mirrored how the gaffer has always played. It has stood me in good stead.
“It’s a testament to the staff and the club how, even when we were a League Two team, we always played and passed the ball around.
“I just got my head down, worked hard and luckily – and deservedly enough – got this opportunity. I won’t blow my own trumpet but I feel I have done well.
“My relationship is very good with the gaffer. He has helped me so much, especially over the past two or three years in learning the position and how he wants me to play.
Simpson was shown up playing at right Centre Back during the pre-season game at Nottingham Forest. He’s so left-footed that players running at him on the right glide past and/or he’s turned and drops out of position. So a puzzle that Eddie Howe played him there again against Blackburn Rovers in the League Cup – and the result was similar.
I like Simpson a lot when the ball’s on his left but surely we can’t play him on the right – it’s asking for trouble. With Simon Francis slowing and increasingly accident-prone, do we need another right Centre Back to cover Steve Cook? – Join the conversation, click here.