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.
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.
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.
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.