AFC Bournemouth have started the new 2018/19 Premier League campaign as they ended last season, with back to back victories.
Statistically speaking this is now the best run of games the Cherries have enjoyed in the top flight of English football, with four consecutive victories.
Most importantly for the current season, it is the first time AFC Bournemouth have won either of their opening home and away fixtures.
The Cherries have begun the season with a settled side, the starting XI that was selected for the final pre-season friendly against Marseille has remained for the victories over Cardiff City and West Ham United.
That has left record signing Jefferson Lerma out of the matchday squad, whilst Lewis Cook has only been able to make an impact from the bench.
Meanwhile, the two forwards and wingers have made the shirt their own. Joshua King and new signing David Brooks have impressed whilst Callum Wilson has two goals and one assist, with Ryan Fraser bagging one goal and one assist.
The days of Ryan Fraser dropping into right back seem to be over.
Howe told the Daily Echo…
“I wouldn’t want to play Ryan at full-back again. Not to say that I might not use him at wing-back because I thought he did that role really well.
“But it wouldn’t be my first thought for him. He’s an attacking player and I want to see him scoring, creating and assisting goals.
“That’s what I want for Ryan and that’s what he wants so we are really pleased for him.”
Brooks is basically an assists machine. His vision and ambition for passes around the final third is something rather special. IF we can nurture that, get him and our forward players onto a wavelength, we are going to create so many chances.
Disappointed Wilson missed that first half chance from Brooks, it was gilt-edged and fully firing Wilson gobbles that right up. But much like last week, I went from thinking it wasn’t going to be Callum’s day, to punching the air in delight at a very nice Wilson goal.
That Wilson is still missing chances you’d expect him to score, whilst also scoring more difficult chances, gives me a rather exciting thought that he can improve some yet and get even better, especially with Brooks supplying.
Also, a shame Brooks himself didn’t get on the score sheet, that header, as well as a couple of efforts from range, a goal for him isn’t too far away you’d think. And he deserves it.
So we seem to have a front 4 working quite well, we know Fraser is on form. Kingy put in a big shift against West Ham. Didn’t get a lot of end product for his efforts, but he ran and ran closing down all day long. not sure that is quite his preferred game, I think he’d rather be the centre-forward getting the chances, but it’s a nice problem to have. – Join the conversation, click here.