It seems like a lifetime away that I sat in the North Stand and saw Raheem Sterling sneak in at the back post for a fortunate goal.
But, in reality it has only been just over a week. We may have lost to a team that had a player (or two) that cost almost three times the entire Cherries squad, but we digress. We were never expected to win and the moment Francis hobbled off the pitch closely followed by Jack Wilshire expectations sunk even further.
But, in truth very little changed. Mings came on to replace Francis and Afobe for Wilshire. We were struggling to create many clear chances before, and little changed. But, what we did like was the contribution from Mings and Ibe.
TYRONE MINGS: GETTING BETTER
Mings has looked a little unsteady so far this season, but as we have said before he has been forced into the limelight and played out of position. His baptism of fire hasn’t been easy but against City he showed signs of how good we are hoping he can be. Alright he wasn’t perfect, but he didn’t get caught out of position as often as he has been, was strong on the ball and looked like a centre back ready to make Francis fight for his place in the team. Plus, there is the added bonus that he can play at left back (should we ever get another central defender). Francis and Daniels are not ancient, but they are heading towards the latter stages of their careers and it won’t be long before Mings steps in and takes there place.
JORDON IBE: LEARNING TO LIVE IN THE PREMIER LEAGUE
It has taken Jordon Ibe a while to come to terms with his price tag, a new team and being in a new environment. He is undoubtedly a very talented player and against City he showed glimpses of exactly how exciting he can be. We think he is already a better player than when he joined, but he still has a long way to go. But, let’s not forget he is still only 21 years old.
He has pace, skill and a touch of style. Where he does lack is in his decision-making. He reminds us of a younger Marc Pugh, trying to bamboozle the opposition with one trick too many. Or the same trick too many times. But, he is getting better and once he starts thinking a little more about the team he is going to be almost unstoppable.
LEWIS COOK: TALENTED, CREATIVE AND FIT TO PLAY
He might not of made it onto the pitch after his early season injury, but he is another talented youngster in the ranks, who will make his mark very soon. When will we seem him again?
His brief appereances at the beginning of the season suggested he is very much made to succeed in the Premier League. He may only be 20 but as Eddie Howe said, he is like having a new signing. We would like to seem him on the bench for the West Brom game. Would he be an ideal replacement for Surman. We are not so sure (yet), but it will only be a matter of time, before he is ready and on the pitch proving how good he is.