Friday, 12 May 2017

Have we been short changed not seeing more of Hyndman this season?

I have been watching and listening the excellent season that Emerson Hyndman has been having in Scotland with Rangers, even though he is now sidelined with a foot injury that will keep him out for the rest of the season. His displays have been so good that he has even had Brendan Rodgers willing to part with Celtic's money to try and bring him to the other side of Glasgow, but Eddie Howe is of course having none of that.

Will Emerson play more of his football at Dean Court next season?
Emerson has along way to go having only just turned 21 in April and his four goals from 13 appearances at Rangers have already edged him up the ratings list in my book for his inclusion in next year's Premier League squad for AFCB. Eddie said in the Echo recently that AFCB had decide to change their transfer policy in deliberately going for young players with great potential rather than trying to prop the club up in the top tier with players that were experienced but coming to the end of their careers. You can say that it hasn't yet worked in the fact that AFCB fans have hardly seen Brad Smith, Lys Mousset, Lewis Cook or Emerson Hyndman in a red and black shirt, but having kept the Cherries up and having these players on the books, it will be crucial for the club for one or two of the new recruits to come through and become regular players for the first team.

We have seen it done with Ryan Fraser and I am confident that Emerson Hyndman is another that has the ability to make the grade from what we have seen him do in his short loan period up in Scotland. It is a shame we haven't seen more of him though down at Dean Court, and it demonstrates how difficult it is to balance the needs of getting results while trying to bring on players. It is rare that U21s find they can compete in the Premier League and while there are some like Marcus Rashford, Dele Alli who are at the top teams, it is quite something that Lewis Cook has managed to get a few games in his first season at AFCB.

So while I look at Hyndman and realise he has plenty of time, it is what is best for his development at this stage of his career that Eddie Howe is most concerned about and looking at what he has achieved it probably was the right kind of move for him to go to Rangers. Whether he can step up again and make a start in the Premier League will largely depend on what he can do this summer and who AFCB bring in via new transfers.

In other news, the season ticket prices for 2017/18 for AFCB have been frozen.

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