MINGS & GRADEL OUT: Is it time for Pugh & Daniels to shine… again

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Three games in and all is looking good. Callum Wilson has just got his first hat-trick, AFC Bournemouth have just picked up their first win, and points, and Marc Pugh scored an absolute beauty. Four games in and record signing, £8m Tyrone Mings and £7m man Max Gradel are sitting in the treatment room looking at long stretches out of the game.

According to reports Max Gradel is going to be out for six months while Premier League debutant Mings looks set to miss the rest of the season. Let’s hope he doesn’t follow in the footsteps of Eddie Howe at Portsmouth.

In adversity comes opportunity and AFC Bournemouth will be looking back to squad stalwart Marc Pugh to fill the boots of wing wizard Max Gradel. He might of cost a fraction (£100,000 or £6,690,000 less) of what Gradel cost but he has been with AFC Bournemouth for almost the entire journey to the Premier League.


He scored in the Cherries first home win and away wins in his debut season at Dean Court in 2010/11. That’s Peterborough (H) and Tranmere (A). He was there when we got trounced 6-0 by Brentford, he was there when we won promotion to the Championship and he set us on our way to the Premier League.

In his relatively short career at AFC Bournemouth he has seen it all and every season he has produced. He is not an out and out goalscorer, but whatever level he has played at he has scored goals. He kicked off his personal goal tally in the Premier League with a sublime goal at West Ham. We have no reason to doubt him and the more games he gets and the better he will get. Premier League defences will ignore him at their peril.


The sceptics would have said that when Mings joined the squad Charlie Daniels was the man most likely to lose his place. We’re sorry Charlie we should have never doubted you. He has been in sensational form in the games that he has played in. Arguably he could, or should have been MOTM in all his games. Obviously a Wilson hat-trick gave him no hope against the Hammers.

His injury seemed to signal the moment for Mings to shine, but fate is a cruel mistress and after a very short AFC Bournemouth and Premier League debut Mings has now been ruled out for the rest of the season. As we have already said, in adversity comes opportunity and it already looks like Charlie will have his rightful place back in the Cherries back four a lot sooner than he might of expected, and we for one can’t wait to see him back.

With injuries hitting the squad, just think, the starting line-up against Norwich will most likely contain 10 of the Championship-winning team. Who needs to spend money, it’s easy this Premier League lark 🙂

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