The Chalkboard: Nathaniel Clyne must make big improvement against Leicester

Bournemouth bowed out for the international break with a 2-2 draw with Newcastle and can perhaps feel unfortunate that they didn’t take all three points from the clash, with Matt Ritchie netting a late equaliser at the Vitality Stadium.

This lack of concentration in the final minutes is perhaps due to a lack of leaders on the pitch, with the Cherries keen to succeed with a youthful squad. As one of the more senior members, Nathaniel Clyne should certainly have been setting an example to the younger players at the weekend but failed.

On the chalkboard

Having been a fixture for Liverpool up until the 2017/18 season, from when injuries and Trent Alexander-Arnold kept him out of the starting XI, Clyne’s move to Bournemouth looked like a perfect move for all involved – the right-back would get game-time and a Cherries problem area would be solved.

With Champions League experience under his belt, he was surely expected to bring that kind of quality and confidence to the Cherries’ back-line but he was by far their worst performer last time out.

Come on Clyne

The 27-year-old’s resume would lead you to believe that he would succeed if you threw him into a mid-table side and be one of the most dependable players in the XI, however his performance against the Magpies was poor.

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The former Southampton man completed just 56% of his attempted passes – likely reminding Liverpool fans why the aforementioned Alexander-Arnold is first choice at Anfield – while also attempting just 1 cross.

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At least he was solid in defence, right? Wrong. The number 23 completed just 1 tackle and failed to intercept or clear the ball once all game, while Charlie Daniels on the opposite flanks completed 3, 1 and 2 respectively.

The Cherries visit Leicester next time out and Eddie Howe will surely be expecting much more from the 5 ft 9 January arrival.