Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Now we have the switched on Max Gradel

Something has switched in the attitude of Max Gradel. Having a secure future at AFCB seems to have brought the best out in him and now the club has an international winger that is looking to play well in every game. It has been great to see as Max is just special when he is playing well.
Max Gradel could well be a starter on Saturday on current form.
Eddie Howe must be delighted in what he now sees in Max Gradel. The player has not really had it easy at Bournemouth for some time and a full season in the Premier League for him would not only give him a better sense of belonging, but would also make the side much stronger.

Against Napoli, there is no doubt that Gradel was at times running the show. He was demanding the ball and headed straight for Napoli's defence with speed and conviction. He produced a cross that led to Afobe's goal and was being a nuisance to Napoli when Francis pounced to grab Bournemouth's second goal. 


From what I see of the players when they are together and celebrating goal, Gradel is very much a popular figure and it wasn't surprising that Pugh hoped that Gradel would stay at the club when rumours of a potential move were not fading. Pugh has always managed to stay just ahead of Gradel, but he may have a bigger problem this season. Gradel has seen that he has to make the most of his opportunity at AFCB and he seems rejuvenated and excited about the new season.

It's just what Howe will have wanted and for the fans it just could be that we see Gradel as more or less like a new signing, as the level of performance he is putting in now is far and above what we have seen from him since his move from St Etienne.

In other news, Harry Cornick leaves AFCB to join Luton Town for an undisclosed fee and Sam Matthews is loaned to Eastleigh until January.

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