AFC Bournemouth midfielder Harry Arter would appear to be at a crossroads in his career.
Since his move to the Cherries in 2010, Arter has been a mainstay in AFC Bournemouth’s squad under Eddie Howe’s two spells at the club.
He has amassed over 250 appearances in all competitions and has played an undeniable key role in AFC Bournemouth’s rise from the third tier of English football to establishing themselves in the Premier League.
But last season, his on the pitch life took a dip for the first time since he was sent packing for a months loan spell with Carlisle United in March 2011 by former manager Lee Bradbury.
Arter made just 13 Premier League appearances last season (just one in 2018), totalling 962 minutes in comparison to his 35 appearances and 2,959 minutes the season before.
During the summer the popular midfielder has been a rumoured transfer target for Swansea City, Fulham and Cardiff City.
But he has remained a full part of AFC Bournemouth’s squad and featured numerous times during pre-season, including against Spanish La Liga side Real Betis on Friday night.
— Harry Arter (@HarryArter2) August 4, 2018
Speaking prior to the friendly against Real Betis Arter told the Irish Independent…
“Playing football is my only goal this year and while I have worked hard to get to the Premier League, being at a club where I am not playing is not something I am interested in doing,”
“I’m doing everything I can to get back into the Bournemouth team, but if the manager comes to me in the next few days and says I will not be part of his plans this season, then we will look at it.
“The manager and I may need to have that conversation before next Thursday, but I hope he has seen the best of me in the pre-season games. I have done all I can to get back into his thoughts for the first game the season.
“I feel in a lot better shape mentally and physically than I did a year ago. Maybe in the past I didn’t deal with disappointment too well, but I realise now that football is my everything and I want to make the best of what is a short career. I don’t want to be wasting my time by not playing.”
I’d still love Harry to stay here and battle for his starting place… We’ve not yet had the privilege of seeing an in-form Arter, play alongside Lewis Cook… Could be an awesome midfield…
I can’t see Harry getting much more game time than here, at West Ham United… – join the conversation, click here.