Date: 4th November 2016 at 8:09am
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AFC Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe has said that it’s important for him to see how players respond to not being selected.

From the opening 10 games of the 2016/17 Premier League campaign, AFC Bournemouth have selected only 15 different starters, with 9 of those 15 starting at least 9 times.

Howe’s selections have been consistent with the goalkeeper and back four of Artur Boruc, Adam Smith, Simon Francis, Steve Cook and Charlie Daniels starting every game.

In midfield, Harry Arter and Jordon Ibe have also started every game, whilst Andrew Surman would also have 10 starts under his belt if he hadn’t been taken ill during the warm up of the Tottenham Hotspur game.

Arsenal loanee Jack Wilshere has also become an ever present in the side since he joined on transfer deadline day.

Up front Callum Wilson has started 9 times from a possible 10.

This has left a few players on the fringes, including players such as Dan Gosling, Maxi Gradel, Benik Afobe and Joshua King.

Howe told the Daily Echo

“It`s a common problem at any football club. You will always have 22, 23, 24 players desperate to play.

“You can only pick 11, though, so you will always have slightly disappointed players. The main thing is how they respond to that.

‘And when they get their chance on the pitch, they have to show what they are capable of in order to be given further chances. Initially, they have to be patient – but their chance will come.”


Your Say…

SteveJonesLegend said…

‘Wilson should stay up top as he’s looking sharper with every week… and needs game time to keep going… King is a difficult one as we know how good he can be, it’s just fitting him in…

Junior Stanislas will have been gutted to get injured as he was playing well again, and we know Eddie Howe will persist with Ibe, who is yet to complete 90 mins for us… Maybe this should tell Eddie something…

For me, on current form, I’d go with King and Stanislas/Ibe on the wings with Wilson up top…

As much as it pains me to say it, Gradel has done very little to show he’s worth a start… Although I think we’re playing him in the wrong roles… Stick him as the No.10 and I think he’ll shine, but it seems Wilshere has that spot nailed down…

It’s good to be in the position where we have such choices though…
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