AFC Bournemouth: Current crop will do for starters says boss Howe

HEADS WE WIN: Steve Cook in action against Oxford United on Saturday

HEADS WE WIN: Steve Cook in action against Oxford United on Saturday

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CHERRIES manager Eddie Howe says he would happily start the season with his existing squad and admits any further signings could be unlikely before the big kick-off.

Howe saw Cherries round off their pre-season friendly campaign with a 4-1 win at Oxford on Saturday where new recruits Callum Wilson and Junior Stanislas were both on target.

Wilson, who plundered his first career hat-trick at the Kassam, joined Cherries from Coventry for a fee in excess of £2million, the only money spent by Howe over the summer.

Howe, who saw Lewis Grabban leave for Norwich, also drafted in Stanislas from former club Burnley and Dan Gosling from Newcastle, the pair both signed on free transfers.

And while Howe has said he would like one or two more quality additions, it is possible any further business may have to wait until after Cherries’ Championship curtain-raiser at Huddersfield.

In an exclusive interview with the Daily Echo, Howe, who never comments publicly on his targets, said: “I have said we are looking to improve certain aspects of our squad but it is very difficult with the quality of players we have. I think people could see from the two teams we picked against Swansea and Oxford that we are strong.

“I would be happy to start the season with the squad we have. It is near enough the same as the one we had which performed so well at the end of last season. We have lost Lewis Grabban and Andrew Surman but have added three players in return so I think the squad looks in good shape.”

Asked whether he could bolster his numbers this week, Howe replied: “I wouldn’t rule out anything but I wouldn’t be in a position now to say yes for definite. The deals we are looking at aren’t really in our hands so I would probably go more negatively than positively on that one but we will have to see.”

Victory over Oxford was Cherries’ fifth of a fruitful pre-season campaign which saw Howe’s men suffer only one defeat – against Southampton – and draw with FC Copenhagen.

Howe said: “I think it has been a successful pre-season. The players came back fit which gave us a real head start in terms of the work we could get into them.

“I think we have impressed in the games and have scored a lot of goals and looked tight at the back. We have had some injuries along the way, as with most pre-seasons, but, touch wood, there is nothing serious. Hopefully, we can go into the season with almost a clean bill of health.”

Cherries: Buchel, Smith, Cook, Muleba, Daniels, Fraser (Wakefield, 73), Gosling (Carmichael, 85), Stanislas (Walsh, 73), McQuoid, Kermorgant, Wilson (Bassele, 89).

Oxford: G Long, Meades (Ruffels, 65), Newey, Raynes, Rose, Hylton (O’Dowda, 65), Potter (Shama, 75), Hunt, Collins, Riley (S Long, 55), Brown (Roberts, 65).

Referee: Graham Scott (England).

Attendance: 1,165 (inc 124 away fans).

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7:09am Mon 4 Aug 14

ParkstonePete says...

They say in football "if you stand still you will go backwards". We have lost a proven Championship goal scorer and replaced him with an untried L1 striker. We have replaced Surman in midfield with Gosling, though this may not be a like for like replacement. Based on his form in the second half lf the season I think we will miss Surman more than people would think. Then we have brought in Stanislas another wide player.

So we have only brought in one player, a concern.

On the positive side, Grabban aside, we have kept the squad together (so far)

I am concerned about second season syndrome. BUT Eddie has rarely got things wrong so far so I will keep positive, keep my fingers crossed and keep trusting Eddie's judgement.
They say in football "if you stand still you will go backwards". We have lost a proven Championship goal scorer and replaced him with an untried L1 striker. We have replaced Surman in midfield with Gosling, though this may not be a like for like replacement. Based on his form in the second half lf the season I think we will miss Surman more than people would think. Then we have brought in Stanislas another wide player. So we have only brought in one player, a concern. On the positive side, Grabban aside, we have kept the squad together (so far) I am concerned about second season syndrome. BUT Eddie has rarely got things wrong so far so I will keep positive, keep my fingers crossed and keep trusting Eddie's judgement. ParkstonePete
  • Score: -23

8:15am Mon 4 Aug 14

bollybear says...

I am sure EH wants to bring a couple in,and Max is happy to fund the purchases. However, FFP has made things almost impossible for a Club of our size. The irony is that the relegated Clubs have a massive advantage-gained through failure.
Just a few years of these parachute payments and the yo-yo clubs will be the only ones capable of promotion. Premiership 2 is already here. Financial Fair Play-what a joke. Thang goodness for Eddie !
I am sure EH wants to bring a couple in,and Max is happy to fund the purchases. However, FFP has made things almost impossible for a Club of our size. The irony is that the relegated Clubs have a massive advantage-gained through failure. Just a few years of these parachute payments and the yo-yo clubs will be the only ones capable of promotion. Premiership 2 is already here. Financial Fair Play-what a joke. Thang goodness for Eddie ! bollybear
  • Score: 21

8:25am Mon 4 Aug 14

Afcbpete says...

ParkstonePete wrote:
They say in football "if you stand still you will go backwards". We have lost a proven Championship goal scorer and replaced him with an untried L1 striker. We have replaced Surman in midfield with Gosling, though this may not be a like for like replacement. Based on his form in the second half lf the season I think we will miss Surman more than people would think. Then we have brought in Stanislas another wide player.

So we have only brought in one player, a concern.

On the positive side, Grabban aside, we have kept the squad together (so far)

I am concerned about second season syndrome. BUT Eddie has rarely got things wrong so far so I will keep positive, keep my fingers crossed and keep trusting Eddie's judgement.
I would n't call it a concern by a very long way, the last thing I see, is us being relegated, and if we're somewhere around 10th again, it will of been another good season. That said, having watched us wipe the floor with several so called "Big" clubs at the end of last season, replicate that over a season, and well, we could very likely be in dream land. It will b a tougher season, but we're a far better side than the one that started last season, plus, if Callum can make the step up ok, I'm sure he'll be a far better player than Grabban, and with TK clicking into gear, Brett, a leaner hungrier player, it bodes VERY well for the coming season. My one concern, is Yann, if he picks up and injury, and we lose him for any time, he is the catalyst, and we'd miss him, so a Yann back up was one position I was hoping we'd cover. Some lads from the Development squad, would certainly cover other situations, we have some real talent there. Bring on the new season, I can't wait!!! UTCIAD
[quote][p][bold]ParkstonePete[/bold] wrote: They say in football "if you stand still you will go backwards". We have lost a proven Championship goal scorer and replaced him with an untried L1 striker. We have replaced Surman in midfield with Gosling, though this may not be a like for like replacement. Based on his form in the second half lf the season I think we will miss Surman more than people would think. Then we have brought in Stanislas another wide player. So we have only brought in one player, a concern. On the positive side, Grabban aside, we have kept the squad together (so far) I am concerned about second season syndrome. BUT Eddie has rarely got things wrong so far so I will keep positive, keep my fingers crossed and keep trusting Eddie's judgement.[/p][/quote]I would n't call it a concern by a very long way, the last thing I see, is us being relegated, and if we're somewhere around 10th again, it will of been another good season. That said, having watched us wipe the floor with several so called "Big" clubs at the end of last season, replicate that over a season, and well, we could very likely be in dream land. It will b a tougher season, but we're a far better side than the one that started last season, plus, if Callum can make the step up ok, I'm sure he'll be a far better player than Grabban, and with TK clicking into gear, Brett, a leaner hungrier player, it bodes VERY well for the coming season. My one concern, is Yann, if he picks up and injury, and we lose him for any time, he is the catalyst, and we'd miss him, so a Yann back up was one position I was hoping we'd cover. Some lads from the Development squad, would certainly cover other situations, we have some real talent there. Bring on the new season, I can't wait!!! UTCIAD Afcbpete
  • Score: 26

9:34am Mon 4 Aug 14

Web by says...

I agree with you AFCBpete things are looking good and I too would like a back up for Yann but I am sure EH has the situation in hand i can say having watched both games at the wknd we have a lot of good boys in the development squad just waiting for their chance. Wakefield Carmichael Mathews Cornick to mention a few but we also have others the future is bright at AFCB c'mon you reds
I agree with you AFCBpete things are looking good and I too would like a back up for Yann but I am sure EH has the situation in hand i can say having watched both games at the wknd we have a lot of good boys in the development squad just waiting for their chance. Wakefield Carmichael Mathews Cornick to mention a few but we also have others the future is bright at AFCB c'mon you reds Web by
  • Score: 10

9:42am Mon 4 Aug 14

guitario says...

ParkstonePete wrote:
They say in football "if you stand still you will go backwards". We have lost a proven Championship goal scorer and replaced him with an untried L1 striker. We have replaced Surman in midfield with Gosling, though this may not be a like for like replacement. Based on his form in the second half lf the season I think we will miss Surman more than people would think. Then we have brought in Stanislas another wide player. So we have only brought in one player, a concern. On the positive side, Grabban aside, we have kept the squad together (so far) I am concerned about second season syndrome. BUT Eddie has rarely got things wrong so far so I will keep positive, keep my fingers crossed and keep trusting Eddie's judgement.
You mean like last years untried L1 striker Lewis Grabban?

Give Wilson a chance. I bet you probably called for Grabban's head this time last year too.
[quote][p][bold]ParkstonePete[/bold] wrote: They say in football "if you stand still you will go backwards". We have lost a proven Championship goal scorer and replaced him with an untried L1 striker. We have replaced Surman in midfield with Gosling, though this may not be a like for like replacement. Based on his form in the second half lf the season I think we will miss Surman more than people would think. Then we have brought in Stanislas another wide player. So we have only brought in one player, a concern. On the positive side, Grabban aside, we have kept the squad together (so far) I am concerned about second season syndrome. BUT Eddie has rarely got things wrong so far so I will keep positive, keep my fingers crossed and keep trusting Eddie's judgement.[/p][/quote]You mean like last years untried L1 striker Lewis Grabban? Give Wilson a chance. I bet you probably called for Grabban's head this time last year too. guitario
  • Score: 14

9:48am Mon 4 Aug 14

Fanfor45 says...

Good morning to all. Assessing last season’s achievement and weighing it against heightened expectations for this season, my take would be that we would need to have a “five better results” type season. That is to say that we should expect a similar inconsistency to that of last year but to achieve wins where we got draws last year while playing well or getting a point instead of losing will see us in real contention. I think it is still too early to expect a promotion but to get better results in five games more than we did last year will see us in real contention for the play offs and/or the top two.
Good morning to all. Assessing last season’s achievement and weighing it against heightened expectations for this season, my take would be that we would need to have a “five better results” type season. That is to say that we should expect a similar inconsistency to that of last year but to achieve wins where we got draws last year while playing well or getting a point instead of losing will see us in real contention. I think it is still too early to expect a promotion but to get better results in five games more than we did last year will see us in real contention for the play offs and/or the top two. Fanfor45
  • Score: 6

10:35am Mon 4 Aug 14

RED LETTER DAY says...

ParkstonePete, . . . . You can not scrub out 2 players just because you do want them in the squad. . . . . Do your maths. . . . Its 3 new signings. . . . . . . . . . IN EDDIE WE TRUST
ParkstonePete, . . . . You can not scrub out 2 players just because you do want them in the squad. . . . . Do your maths. . . . Its 3 new signings. . . . . . . . . . IN EDDIE WE TRUST RED LETTER DAY
  • Score: 7

12:48pm Mon 4 Aug 14

ParkstonePete says...

RED LETTER DAY wrote:
ParkstonePete, . . . . You can not scrub out 2 players just because you do want them in the squad. . . . . Do your maths. . . . Its 3 new signings. . . . . . . . . . IN EDDIE WE TRUST
No, do your maths. 2 first teamers out, 3 players in, net 1 additional player!
[quote][p][bold]RED LETTER DAY[/bold] wrote: ParkstonePete, . . . . You can not scrub out 2 players just because you do want them in the squad. . . . . Do your maths. . . . Its 3 new signings. . . . . . . . . . IN EDDIE WE TRUST[/p][/quote]No, do your maths. 2 first teamers out, 3 players in, net 1 additional player! ParkstonePete
  • Score: -9

1:05pm Mon 4 Aug 14

Square Old Codger says...

The Club was in a heavy loss situation when EM left and the FFP rules tie Demin and the Boards hands, then too if the Club is to progress it needs a larger stadium to grow revenue - that will require a huge investment, though this could be done seperate to the football club. It sounds as if Eddie has some deals on the go, that may or may not come off. given that Eddie likes to do deals quietly and out of the spotlight, we wont know until they succeed or not. Patience, I am afraid, is required. Good to see that support has been maintained, a record number of Season Tickets sold and tickets for the Season going well, in spite of the swingeing price increases, that must be an encouragement to the Board and the Owners.
The Club was in a heavy loss situation when EM left and the FFP rules tie Demin and the Boards hands, then too if the Club is to progress it needs a larger stadium to grow revenue - that will require a huge investment, though this could be done seperate to the football club. It sounds as if Eddie has some deals on the go, that may or may not come off. given that Eddie likes to do deals quietly and out of the spotlight, we wont know until they succeed or not. Patience, I am afraid, is required. Good to see that support has been maintained, a record number of Season Tickets sold and tickets for the Season going well, in spite of the swingeing price increases, that must be an encouragement to the Board and the Owners. Square Old Codger
  • Score: 5

5:33pm Mon 4 Aug 14

Solentcherry says...

Neil, I'm a bit frustrated that during your " exclusive interview " you didn't take the opportunity to find out what the situation is with Lee Camps injury.
A lot of us fans are a little concerned at the lack of information on this. Lee was a key player for us last season.
COYC.
Neil, I'm a bit frustrated that during your " exclusive interview " you didn't take the opportunity to find out what the situation is with Lee Camps injury. A lot of us fans are a little concerned at the lack of information on this. Lee was a key player for us last season. COYC. Solentcherry
  • Score: 3

5:36pm Mon 4 Aug 14

cromwell9 says...

I am looking forward to a great season .
At least we wont have that Rookie keeper Allsop starting.
Eddie knows he made a big mistakeputting him in goal, A Rookie in goal in the CHAMPIONSHIP ,I dont think he would of made the Poole Town Keeper.
I like the squad Eddie has put together.Glad Pitman has been giving another chance .
Must get the stadium up to at least 20,000 .YES we can fill it.
Roll on Sat,
I am looking forward to a great season . At least we wont have that Rookie keeper Allsop starting. Eddie knows he made a big mistakeputting him in goal, A Rookie in goal in the CHAMPIONSHIP ,I dont think he would of made the Poole Town Keeper. I like the squad Eddie has put together.Glad Pitman has been giving another chance . Must get the stadium up to at least 20,000 .YES we can fill it. Roll on Sat, cromwell9
  • Score: 2

5:39pm Mon 4 Aug 14

Nat1234 says...

ParkstonePete wrote:
RED LETTER DAY wrote:
ParkstonePete, . . . . You can not scrub out 2 players just because you do want them in the squad. . . . . Do your maths. . . . Its 3 new signings. . . . . . . . . . IN EDDIE WE TRUST
No, do your maths. 2 first teamers out, 3 players in, net 1 additional player!
I think this squad is good enough for a top 12 finish , my biggest concern is if yann gets an injury we will struggle up front ... If this happens Eddie will have to get a loan striker in . And it would be rushed , finding someone . I just think Eddie has made a mistake not buying another big striker ..
[quote][p][bold]ParkstonePete[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]RED LETTER DAY[/bold] wrote: ParkstonePete, . . . . You can not scrub out 2 players just because you do want them in the squad. . . . . Do your maths. . . . Its 3 new signings. . . . . . . . . . IN EDDIE WE TRUST[/p][/quote]No, do your maths. 2 first teamers out, 3 players in, net 1 additional player![/p][/quote]I think this squad is good enough for a top 12 finish , my biggest concern is if yann gets an injury we will struggle up front ... If this happens Eddie will have to get a loan striker in . And it would be rushed , finding someone . I just think Eddie has made a mistake not buying another big striker .. Nat1234
  • Score: 0

6:05pm Mon 4 Aug 14

bobsworthforever says...

I agree with the comments about Camp but even more concerning if Buchel plays who will we have on the bench FLahavens not fit Allsops at Coventry need a loan keeper pronto
I agree with the comments about Camp but even more concerning if Buchel plays who will we have on the bench FLahavens not fit Allsops at Coventry need a loan keeper pronto bobsworthforever
  • Score: 0

6:31pm Mon 4 Aug 14

holdinkæft says...

bobsworthforever wrote:
I agree with the comments about Camp but even more concerning if Buchel plays who will we have on the bench FLahavens not fit Allsops at Coventry need a loan keeper pronto
You lot have a short memory, or are just thick.
Howe said Camp had a slight thigh strain and would not be using him in the pre season friendlys.
[quote][p][bold]bobsworthforever[/bold] wrote: I agree with the comments about Camp but even more concerning if Buchel plays who will we have on the bench FLahavens not fit Allsops at Coventry need a loan keeper pronto[/p][/quote]You lot have a short memory, or are just thick. Howe said Camp had a slight thigh strain and would not be using him in the pre season friendlys. holdinkæft
  • Score: 1

7:00pm Mon 4 Aug 14

dekayedcherry says...

I think Cromwell9's comments are a bit harsh about goalkeeper Allsop who had done a great job in Div1. but the step up to the Championship was a level that tested both him and the back four initially and he was not at fault entirely that we "shipped " in the early games. We may have to start the 2014 campaign again with young "Rookie" goalkeeper Benji Buchel if both Lee Camp or Darryl Flahavan are both sidelined with injury and even the Development Squad young goalie Holmes could be on the bench.
However unlike Cromwell9 (I suspect ?) I have confidence in "Rookie" Buchel who has looked pretty secure in pre-season and he will have a much more vastly experienced back four in front of him from their experiences last season. However I am hoping that EH has been keeping Camp under "protective" wraps and that he will be back at Huddersfield with maybe Buchel on the bench.
Allsop hopefully will get plenty of game time at Coventry and get his confidence back which deserted him last season, caused in no little part by bloggers on this site and be back in the Cherries 1st team squad later in the season as Flahavan does seem a bit injury prone.
I'm looking forward to listening to the first game of the season on Solent Radio on Saturday and wish every Cherries fan travelling to the Huddersfield game a safe journey. UTC.
I think Cromwell9's comments are a bit harsh about goalkeeper Allsop who had done a great job in Div1. but the step up to the Championship was a level that tested both him and the back four initially and he was not at fault entirely that we "shipped " in the early games. We may have to start the 2014 campaign again with young "Rookie" goalkeeper Benji Buchel if both Lee Camp or Darryl Flahavan are both sidelined with injury and even the Development Squad young goalie Holmes could be on the bench. However unlike Cromwell9 (I suspect ?) I have confidence in "Rookie" Buchel who has looked pretty secure in pre-season and he will have a much more vastly experienced back four in front of him from their experiences last season. However I am hoping that EH has been keeping Camp under "protective" wraps and that he will be back at Huddersfield with maybe Buchel on the bench. Allsop hopefully will get plenty of game time at Coventry and get his confidence back which deserted him last season, caused in no little part by bloggers on this site and be back in the Cherries 1st team squad later in the season as Flahavan does seem a bit injury prone. I'm looking forward to listening to the first game of the season on Solent Radio on Saturday and wish every Cherries fan travelling to the Huddersfield game a safe journey. UTC. dekayedcherry
  • Score: 1

7:10pm Mon 4 Aug 14

YafcbY says...

This squad is more than strong enough to finish mid table. I firmly believe we don't need any more signings presently. We have also a few players whom for varying reasons have a point to prove from last seasons performances. Eddie has made two brilliant signings in Wilson and Gosling.

We're better off sticking to the current crop and waiting for January. It's a great opportunity for the likes of Pitman and TK to prove they can produce more consistent performances. They have the ability and I really hope both of them score lots of goals!!!
This squad is more than strong enough to finish mid table. I firmly believe we don't need any more signings presently. We have also a few players whom for varying reasons have a point to prove from last seasons performances. Eddie has made two brilliant signings in Wilson and Gosling. We're better off sticking to the current crop and waiting for January. It's a great opportunity for the likes of Pitman and TK to prove they can produce more consistent performances. They have the ability and I really hope both of them score lots of goals!!! YafcbY
  • Score: 2

8:09pm Mon 4 Aug 14

West moors 1 says...

I like what I've seen pre-season, Wilson looks sharp and has the motivation to prove himself at a higher level. I'm cool about the goalkeeper situation, if we have to play Buchel I have no doubt he will meet the challenge. Gosling will take the midfield by the scruff of the neck and well supported by Arter, McDonald or O'Kane. We have wingers that will cause fear, a top quality proven striker in Yann and a defence that is admired in the league. As a club we are moving forward and this season is going to be tough but we are up to the task and ready to take our chance.
I like what I've seen pre-season, Wilson looks sharp and has the motivation to prove himself at a higher level. I'm cool about the goalkeeper situation, if we have to play Buchel I have no doubt he will meet the challenge. Gosling will take the midfield by the scruff of the neck and well supported by Arter, McDonald or O'Kane. We have wingers that will cause fear, a top quality proven striker in Yann and a defence that is admired in the league. As a club we are moving forward and this season is going to be tough but we are up to the task and ready to take our chance. West moors 1
  • Score: 3

9:08pm Mon 4 Aug 14

St Albans Cherry says...

We do need a larger stadium. Sadly the laterals are needing to go up, they are maxed up Max!. Would planning allow for the high rise stand or are we off to Poole or further West? Someone should mention the long term strategy soon...

A serious thought: Could we not build up the old athletic club, our next door neighbours? Give them DC as we don't own it and bingo no overlooking and a 30,000 capacity. We do need to expand and must start to think big.

I am so glad to see mid- table predictions it's worthless my two pennies but I reckon we will make the play-offs, just to be out gunned by the yoyo clubs...
We do need a larger stadium. Sadly the laterals are needing to go up, they are maxed up Max!. Would planning allow for the high rise stand or are we off to Poole or further West? Someone should mention the long term strategy soon... A serious thought: Could we not build up the old athletic club, our next door neighbours? Give them DC as we don't own it and bingo no overlooking and a 30,000 capacity. We do need to expand and must start to think big. I am so glad to see mid- table predictions it's worthless my two pennies but I reckon we will make the play-offs, just to be out gunned by the yoyo clubs... St Albans Cherry
  • Score: 1

9:13pm Mon 4 Aug 14

cromwell9 says...

dekayedcherry wrote:
I think Cromwell9's comments are a bit harsh about goalkeeper Allsop who had done a great job in Div1. but the step up to the Championship was a level that tested both him and the back four initially and he was not at fault entirely that we "shipped " in the early games. We may have to start the 2014 campaign again with young "Rookie" goalkeeper Benji Buchel if both Lee Camp or Darryl Flahavan are both sidelined with injury and even the Development Squad young goalie Holmes could be on the bench.
However unlike Cromwell9 (I suspect ?) I have confidence in "Rookie" Buchel who has looked pretty secure in pre-season and he will have a much more vastly experienced back four in front of him from their experiences last season. However I am hoping that EH has been keeping Camp under "protective" wraps and that he will be back at Huddersfield with maybe Buchel on the bench.
Allsop hopefully will get plenty of game time at Coventry and get his confidence back which deserted him last season, caused in no little part by bloggers on this site and be back in the Cherries 1st team squad later in the season as Flahavan does seem a bit injury prone.
I'm looking forward to listening to the first game of the season on Solent Radio on Saturday and wish every Cherries fan travelling to the Huddersfield game a safe journey. UTC.
I think my comments about Allsop was spot on ,Eddie given the benifit of hind sight ,would not of played him like he did in the first quater of last season .He drove us all mad in the Fletch end with his antics ,slow play etc .He cost us around 8 points,
Eddie knew that ,That is why he was dropped as first team keeper, Eddie had to get a first class man in . .Lee Camp was a huge signing for us ,A true proffesional,.That is why we finished 10 th,in the league,
Lee we think will be back for the Huddersfield game .Eddie had no intention to play him in the friendlys,
I have a lot of hope for Buchel ,so has EH.I dont think we will see Allsop in a BMTH first team shirt again.I think he will do well at Coventry,Hope they buy him .Allsop has left to much baggage at AFCB.
[quote][p][bold]dekayedcherry[/bold] wrote: I think Cromwell9's comments are a bit harsh about goalkeeper Allsop who had done a great job in Div1. but the step up to the Championship was a level that tested both him and the back four initially and he was not at fault entirely that we "shipped " in the early games. We may have to start the 2014 campaign again with young "Rookie" goalkeeper Benji Buchel if both Lee Camp or Darryl Flahavan are both sidelined with injury and even the Development Squad young goalie Holmes could be on the bench. However unlike Cromwell9 (I suspect ?) I have confidence in "Rookie" Buchel who has looked pretty secure in pre-season and he will have a much more vastly experienced back four in front of him from their experiences last season. However I am hoping that EH has been keeping Camp under "protective" wraps and that he will be back at Huddersfield with maybe Buchel on the bench. Allsop hopefully will get plenty of game time at Coventry and get his confidence back which deserted him last season, caused in no little part by bloggers on this site and be back in the Cherries 1st team squad later in the season as Flahavan does seem a bit injury prone. I'm looking forward to listening to the first game of the season on Solent Radio on Saturday and wish every Cherries fan travelling to the Huddersfield game a safe journey. UTC.[/p][/quote]I think my comments about Allsop was spot on ,Eddie given the benifit of hind sight ,would not of played him like he did in the first quater of last season .He drove us all mad in the Fletch end with his antics ,slow play etc .He cost us around 8 points, Eddie knew that ,That is why he was dropped as first team keeper, Eddie had to get a first class man in . .Lee Camp was a huge signing for us ,A true proffesional,.That is why we finished 10 th,in the league, Lee we think will be back for the Huddersfield game .Eddie had no intention to play him in the friendlys, I have a lot of hope for Buchel ,so has EH.I dont think we will see Allsop in a BMTH first team shirt again.I think he will do well at Coventry,Hope they buy him .Allsop has left to much baggage at AFCB. cromwell9
  • Score: -4

8:27pm Tue 5 Aug 14

dekayedcherry says...

Cromwell9, you and I must agree to differ on Allsop's future as I believe he will come back to AFCB as perhaps 3rd goalkeeper behind Camp and Buchel (who as the "new rookie" !!) has overtaken him in the pecking order. If he has a good loan spell with Coventry and regains his confidence and form, I can see him coming back to replace Flahavan who is becoming a bit injury prone and only on a 1 year contract and a lot older than Allsop.
However even if Camp is not quite fully fit,he will probably be on the subs bench with rookie Buchel starting the game at Huddersfield having played well in pre-season. EH has every confidence in him which is all I need to know. Hoping whoever plays in goal has a great game and manages to keep a clean sheet. UTC.
Cromwell9, you and I must agree to differ on Allsop's future as I believe he will come back to AFCB as perhaps 3rd goalkeeper behind Camp and Buchel (who as the "new rookie" !!) has overtaken him in the pecking order. If he has a good loan spell with Coventry and regains his confidence and form, I can see him coming back to replace Flahavan who is becoming a bit injury prone and only on a 1 year contract and a lot older than Allsop. However even if Camp is not quite fully fit,he will probably be on the subs bench with rookie Buchel starting the game at Huddersfield having played well in pre-season. EH has every confidence in him which is all I need to know. Hoping whoever plays in goal has a great game and manages to keep a clean sheet. UTC. dekayedcherry
  • Score: 1

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