AFC Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe has confessed that the performances of substitutes Lewis Cook, Jermain Defoe and Ryan Fraser have given him things to think about over his selection against Southampton.
In a below par and lacklustre performance at home to Burnley, it wouldn’t have taken much to have impressed for anyone coming off the bench on Wednesday evening.
But all three substitutes, especially Lewis Cook, would have done themselves no harm in impressing an onlooking Eddie Howe.
Howe told the Daily Echo…
“The substitutes did very well. Lewis Cook came on and gave us a real lift and Ryan Fraser and Jermain Defoe also played their part.
“…You have to judge game by game and can`t go back too far when you are looking at players` performances individually.
“We were below what we are capable of, probably from one to 11 in the starting line-up.
“The substitutes will feel they had a positive impact so that gives me food for thought for the next game.”
Our downturn in form started with Stans Injury and absence at Newcastle and the dropping of Lewis. Until then we had been slowly but surely improving week on week and playing some great stuff. We let Chelsea off as we didn’t take it to them, Lewis was dropped and Stan Injured.
The first half against Newcastle was a return to Watford at home but we nicked it so fair play but the die was cast with the old guard.Why change a winning team but we all knew deep down it wasn’t the future at all. Hudds again really poor at times and look what happened to them last night -dross, a Championship team punching above their weight. Swansea was dire.
However we got 7 points but the lack of quality against Newcastle and Swansea was evident. We had literally regressed months with the absence of two players.
Its almost as if Eddie needs the slightest excuse to revert back to his comfort zone. I’d like to think he’s rotating but he clearly isn’t.
Last night laid bare the issues within the team, Surman, Arter, Pugh and Ibe do not have the quality for the team to do anything but mid table / semi survival. Fair enough, I get it and I’m not getting above my station, we are what we are but why waste the obvious talent we have and reward the former with big fat contracts.
The Lewis Cook signing was a stroke of genius that’ll make this club alot of money but that’s not the point.
Lewis Cook shows what we lack -strength, class and vision in midfield. The daft thing is that at Stoke, Arter demonstrated great attitude and ability as an impact sub- so why not play to his strength if that’s where he is at this moment in time.
It’s like one step forward, two steps back. Lets hope Stans back for Scum, Lewis starts and Harry comes on to kick a few of them up in the air as we defend a 3 nil lead
Like most its the day after, probably feel better in a day or two, put this result behind us and move on. Credit to Burnley – great team. – Join the conversation here.
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