AFC BOURNEMOUTH: Can’t leave the Cook’s out against Huddersfield

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Surely Eddie Howe won’t leave Lewis and Steve Cook out again, will he?

The ‘Harry Arter or Lewis Cook’ debate should be pretty easy for the Huddersfield game. Both have been on international duty, but only one has played – Mr Harry Arter. And he is the only one with distracting transfer stories.

Lewis Cook simply has to be back in the side. Harry Arter has been off colour so far this season, though he is coming back into form. But, Lewis Cook is in fine form and has put in a few MOTM performances. If you are picking a player based on form then he has to be the obvious choice. Will Eddie Howe agree?

AKE & FRANCIS, AKE & COOK… OR SOMETHING ELSE?

Eddie Howe has gone all sensible in his third season in the Premier League. He has become much more mindful of how we line up in defence this season. But this has been to the detriment of Steve Cook. He has been on the bench against the so called lesser teams (Stoke, Leicester, Everton) but called into action against Spurs & Chelsea. He made it back into the side against Newcastle, but at the expense of Adam Smith.

Nathan Ake is undroppable currently (he is playing well) and it seems so is Simon Francis. But why? Height? We are not sure that Francis is so good that he is an automatic choice. He was culpable in the lead up to Chelsea’s goal and is was Steve Cook that stepped up at the death v Newcastle. Don’t think we’ve ever seen Francis coming up with a crucial goal. Need a defender to score with their head? Then Cook (and maybe Ake) is your man. So who is going to be the dropped to the bench against Huddersfield?

NEW FORMATION, OLD FORMATION

Against Huddersfield, is it going to be a back four or a back five? This is a team that will come and defend, surely (without going to gung ho) we need to add some of that old attacking verve and flair. Can we keep a clean sheet with a back four? We managed it against Leicester.

We need points and we are pretty sure Huddersfield would take a point if given to them before the game. They will not be easy opposition, but these are the games where we need to break out and play our game and get goals. Another issue that a back five brings – a lack of goals. We want to see a line-up that suggests goals are on the cards. We want to see some of that old AFC Bournemouth. Let’s make this a game to entertain. Who cares if they score, we will simply score one more than them. Would love to see a game of five goals or more. But, we have a funny feeling we aren’t going to see too many come Saturday.

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