The international window for countries to play their UEFA Nations League fixtures probably didn’t fall well for AFC Bournemouth.
Sometimes the break comes at a good time when a number of the squad are carrying niggles so they can rest and recuperate without missing any fixtures.
But when the side is on form and enjoying playing and the confidence that winning brings, you probably want the fixtures to just keep coming.
Especially when the next fixture is against your closest geographical neighbours Southampton.
Heading into the October international window, AFC Bournemouth are ahead of Arsenal and Manchester United in the Premier League table, holding on to fifth place.
Eight games have brought 16 points, with the Cherries 1 point behind Chelsea, 2 behind Tottenham Hotspur and just 3 points behind leaders Manchester City and Liverpool.
When the focus for two-thirds of the clubs in the division is merely Premier League survival, the crucial aspect of a good side means AFC Bournemouth are 13 points clear of the bottom three and 11 points ahead of Southampton.
AFC Bournemouth and England Under 21’s midfielder Lewis Cook in an interview with radio station talkSPORT and quoted by afcb.co.uk said…
“The team have been fantastic, everyone is together and despite what the table says it hasn’t been easy.
“The games have been tough and it’s obviously never easy in the Premier League. We’re in a good spot so far but we have to maintain that, that’s the hardest thing to do in the Premier League.
“We’re scoring quite a lot of goals, the forwards and wide men are doing well and it’s always enjoyable if you’re winning by a few goals.
“I’m trying to focus on my individual role in the side – the manager has done fantastically well for the club and we’re very happy with where we’re at at the moment.”
Admittedly he’s only had three appearances this season and the kids who’ve come in in midfield for England have all been playing regularly, playing well, and making contributions to their teams.
However, I’m still a little disappointed he’s been overlooked again. Especially with England manager Gareth Southgate saying that he’s an injury crisis in midfield, just the way he words that it’s as if Loftus-Cheek and Delph and first names on the teamsheet. – Join the conversation, click here.