Bournemouth will feel disappointed to have not taken three points from their final Premier League match before the international break, with Matt Ritchie returning to haunt his former club – the Scotsman scored an injury-time stunner to ensure Newcastle returned from the Vitality Stadium with a point.
Everyone knew, from the way the two sides have been playing this season, that the game promised goals, but few would have paid much mind to Jefferson Lerma. What the Colombian did during the game, though, should convince Eddie Howe to have some stern words.
Lerma joined the Cherries in the summer from Levante and promised to provide some much-needed steel in midfield – he has delivered brilliantly, although perhaps a little too much so.
Just 18 minutes into the clash with the Magpies on Saturday, the 24-year-old scythed down Ayoze Perez and was shown his eleventh yellow card of the season – a league high.
While most football fans welcome a bit of bite and passion, the fact that the enforcer is the worst-disciplined player in the top flight should be of concern to Howe, who should encourage Lerma to tone it down a bit in the future, especially considering that this most recent card should really have been a harsher colour.
With Lewis Cook out injured and Andrew Surman also struggling with a calf problem, Bournemouth cannot afford to lose any more central-midfielders – if Lerma keeps up his shocking record, then he will likely serve suspensions and that would be disastrous.
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The 9-cap international has become a key player for the Cherries but could quickly become a liability if he continues to find himself in the referee’s book. Bournemouth might have all the attacking talent outside the top six but, without their midfield anchor, they are vulnerable.
It might take some time, but Howe must help Lerma to iron out this weakness in his game otherwise it could have big consequences for the club down the line.