It was only last month that many AFC Bournemouth supporters would have been forgiven for having never heard of Mark Travers before.
With both Artur Boruc and Asmir Begovic seemingly available for selection, AFC Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe named the Republic of Ireland Under 19’s international Mark Travers in goal for the final home game of the season against Tottenham Hotspur.
This was no run of the mill dead rubber at the end of the season either, this was a game that AFC Bournemouth needed to win to chase a club record points total in the top flight of English football and a game that was live on Sky Sports.
Travers became the first teenage goalkeeper to start a Premier League game since Joe Hart in October 2006 and would go on to be awarded man of the match following a string of fine saves, with AFC Bournemouth winning 1-0.
He would go on to keep his place for the final game of the season away at Crystal Palace.
Despite his young age and lack of first team experience, many supporters thought they had seen enough and would be confident having him remain in the first team fold alongside veteran goalkeeper Artur Boruc.
Others argue the benefits of a season-long loan elsewhere to play regular first-team football.
If the latter proves to be the preferred choice for AFC Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe then the Irish Sun believe that there could be two very good options on the table for the recently turned 20-year-old.
The report claims…
The Maynooth man has two years left on his contract but is expected to be rewarded for his promotion to the first team with a longer, improved deal.
The report added…
Travers is also eager to find out where he will be in the pecking order next season and whether a loan move to get first-team experience is a possibility.
And that has alerted Norwich and Leeds who have registered their interest in him.
Norwich City could offer Premier League football, but would he be an automatic first choice option?
Leeds United would offer a potential Championship promotion push after Leeds United missed out on automatic promotion and then crashed out of the play-offs to Derby County in the play-offs.
Either would be a great experience, but I don’t get why he’d be good enough for Norwich and not us…
OK, I appreciate Norwich have just come up and we’re looking to push on now having been here some time… But it’s still PL football and he’ll still face the same strikers etc. – Join the conversation, click here.