AFC Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe was forced into making two late selection changes against Tottenham Hotspur.
With in form winger Junior Stanislas struggling with a calf injury, Howe opted to select Joshua King on the right hand side of the Cherries front three.
Then during the warm up, Andrew Surman was taken ill, leaving Dan Gosling to step up to the starting XI at very short notice.
Both King and Gosling impressed when handed their chance, giving Howe further selection problems once Stanislas and Surman are back in contention.
Howe told the Daily Echo?
“? He has trained very well, shown a good attitude and is a real team player. I’m a massive Dan Gosling fan so it was great to see him come in and do so well?”
Discussing player selection in general he added?
“? It’s always difficult when you are not selecting players on a consistent basis to tell them you love them and how much you value them because your actions aren’t saying the same thing.
‘But I can only pick 11 players and it’s a very difficult selection every week. I have to leave some very good players out, not just of the XI but of the 18. But I love all my players. Unfortunately, that’s one of the perils of the job.’
Neil Dawson wrote…
Surely with the morals and value on squad not first team Eddie has then Surman will have to wait. I think to the contrary that Gosling added a height and physical strength that Surman doesn’t and didn’t v Spurs last year. I think for this particular game we were better off with him. – Join the conversation here.
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