I’ve mentioned to Eddie Howe that I’m available to play in central defence. The injury list may be rising but AFC Bournemouth could never be that desperate. However, Eddie Howe will need to think smart on personnel and formation for the trip to Old Trafford.
The lack of Simon Francis, after his horrific injury, and long-term absentees Adam Smith, Lewis Cook and Dan Gosling means we will be looking at a defensive reshuffle.
4-4-2, 5-4-1, 3-4-3, 7-2-1?
So, where do we start? Formation. We reckon we will need to be tight at the back and difficult to break down (no surprises there, eh!). So, we reckon it should be a 3-4-3 that quickly reverts to a 4-5-1 when needed.
In defence we are going for a back three of Simpson, Ake and Cook flanked by Mings and Daniels. Simpson looked good against Chelsea, so why not against Man United. Mings needs a game and while right back might not be his favoured position he can do it. We will need height and don’t want to see Fraser wasted in that position.
DANIELS OR RICO?
Much has been made about Charlie Daniels recent performances, but who is the alternative? Rico. Every time I’ve seen him on the pitch he has been poor. Can’t remember him getting in a cross more than six inches off the ground and he doesn’t seem to know what colour shirts his teammates are wearing. So, still Daniels for me. At least he will put in at least one decent cross (might set up the winner) and knows we play in red and black. Central (defensive) midfield is lacking options so the place goes to the obvious – Lerma and Surman.
ATTACK, ATTACK , ATTACK
The last time we scored against one of the ‘Top Six’ was back at the beginning of the month. We’ve managed to score against Brighton and Huddersfield in December but, not Spurs, Liverpool, Chelsea or Wolves. We did score one against City, but everyone’s doing that nowadays.
So it’s time for speed, guile and strength up front in the shape of Fraser, Brooks and Wilson. We will score vs United, but will we get enough for a point or three?