With no Callum Wilson heading the AFC Bournemouth strike force the door is open for a squad member to step forward and prove his worth. The obvious candidate, Glenn Murray, has already stepped into the limelight with varying fortunes. But, as long as he is fit he will be the focal point of the Cherries attack.
The question is ‘Who will be/should be his strike partner? We asked the question in our recent poll and the answer pointed to a Mr Yann Kermorgant, who polled twice as many votes as the other Cherries strikers Josh King and Lee Tomlin. As we mentioned before Eddie Howe likes pace in his team and this is something that Josh King brings. But, there is the argument that he has had a number of games and has provided little evidence to suggest that he should keep his place. Personally, we think he has been pretty anonymous in games. This has been evident by the fact that he has been substituted in all of the games he has started in. He has had two games where he hasn’t started and one where he came on for Kermorgant.
WHY ISN’T KERMORGANT STARTING?
His lack of pace is a key reason, but Kermorgant has so much more to his game. Is Eddie Howe sticking rigidily to his principles that someone with pace has to accompany/compliment his strike partner. Does he not have a system that could work with a lack of pace upfront. We are sure he does but his preference for King suggests otherwise.
Last season Kermorgant was working with Wilson, the perfect foil with his pace. But, Kermorgant was also scoring goals. Was he scoring goals because Wilson’s pace was creating the space? Maybe, but he has been given little chance to prove what he can do in the Premier League.
“Has that extra year finally taken a toll on his knees, his fitness, his footballing brain and his attitude.”
So what has he done this season? Played against Hartlepool in the League Cup and scored. Played against Preston in the League Cup and didn’t score. Doesn’t really tell us much. Should he be given a chance in the Premier League? We have to say yes and it seems the fans say yes as well.
But the decision-maker Mr Eddie Howe has different thoughts. We are just wondering how Kermorgant has fallen out of favour with Howe. Has that extra year finally taken a toll on his knees, his fitness, his footballing brain and his attitude. Or was he never at Premier League level? It’s hard to judge without seeing at training everyday but surely his goalscoring record alone at Championship level means he deserves a chance. Wilson got his.