During the summer AFC Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe faced somewhat of a goalkeeper conundrum at Dean Court.
He had the choice of two senior goalkeepers in the shape of Asmir Begovic and Artur Boruc, the former vastly underperforming and seemingly lacked interest in AFC Bournemouth, the latter approaching 40 years old and out of contract.
In the end, Begovic would depart Dean Court for Azerbaijan on loan, whilst Boruc would receive a new contract.
Stoke City’s Jack Butland, Burnley’s Nick Pope and Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet were all heavily linked by the media, whilst Fiorentina’s Bartlomiej Dragowski also received a passing mention in the media speculation columns.
But Howe would eventually hold his nerve and not spend money on a new shot-stopper, instead, he opted to keep his faith in two extremely young but talented goalkeepers in 21-year-old Aaron Ramsdale and 20-year-old Mark Travers.
Howe handed Travers his first taste of the Premier League during the final games of the 2018/19 Premier League campaign, whilst Ramsdale was making himself into a hero with AFC Wimbledon during a loan spell.
Both have now cracked into the international stage with Ramsdale representing England at Under 21’s level alongside Lloyd Kelly and Sam Surridge, whilst Travers is in the full Republic of Ireland squad.
So far this season in the Premier League however the shirt has been handed to Ramsdale, leaving Travers on the sidelines. What should his next move be? A loan move for regular first-team football? Or bide his time on the south coast?
Travers told the Daily Echo…
“…We’re just trying to push each other every day. I know I will get the chance some time in the future, so I’ve just got to keep working towards that, keep my head focused on it but also keep supporting Rambo (Aaron Ramsdale)…
“…Yeah of course, (a loan move is) always an option, it’s up to the manager to see what he wants to do.
“But you never know what can happen between now and January so, at the minute, I’m just focused on Bournemouth.
“If a loan does come up in January, of course everyone wants to play football and if that’s my opportunity, I’m sure I will go there.”
I think Travers seems to be a slightly more talented shot-stopper than Rambo, at least based on what I’ve seen so far. Ramsdale seems to have a tendency to parry shots away rather than catching them. Minor complaint though.
What Ramsdale does have is natural leadership skills and a big personality on the pitch, which are two things you can’t really teach and two things we badly missed with Begovic starting. – Join the conversation, click here.