Greenwood looking ‘sharp’ at end of pre-season programme
AFC Bournemouth defender Ben Greenwood has impressed development squad coach Shaun Cooper since returning from the first team’s Portugal tour.
Over pre-season, the left-sided defender has featured for both Scott Parker’s team and Cooper’s development squad.
The youngster’s form early in the warm-up schedule earned him a spot on the flight to Portugal, where he trained and played with the first-team squad.
Greenwood’s latest run-out saw him bag in a 3-0 victory over Swansea City under-23s in the development squad’s final friendly.
“I think Ben is looking sharp, he’s looking fit and he’s a good player,” Cooper told afcb.co.uk.
“He’s taken on the tactical information with the first team, he’s come back and his attitude has been fantastic.”
He added: “He’s all set to go for this season.”
Having played as a left centre-back and left wing-back throughout pre-season, Cooper has also been pleased with Greenwood’s versatility.
“Ben has played a lot this pre-season as a centre-back in a back three, but he’s also a very good wing-back,” the development squad coach explained.
“He played in the Swansea game at the left of a back three and then we moved him to left wing-back, which is where he scored.
“The pleasing thing there was that it was a right wing-back crossing it to a left wing-back to get a goal.
“In the previous game, him and Nathan Moriah-Welsh were our wing-backs and they both should have scored off the back of each other’s crosses but they didn’t.
“The fact that they’re providing such an attacking threat is pleasing, as is Ben’s understanding of both positions.
“He can come from deep in the left of a back three and, obviously, he’s an attacking threat as a wing-back.”
Greenwood’s wing-back partner in that previous game against Queens Park Rangers, Moriah-Welsh, was the scorer of his side’s two other goals against the Swans.
Cameron Plain also provided some heroics at the other end of the pitch, saving a penalty from the Welsh side at the Swansea City Training Centre.
Seeing the warm-up schedule out with two convincing victories left Cooper feeling pleased, but with his eyes on further improvements.
He said: “First and foremost, what we went after was hard work and good habits to re-install those.
“They’re there to see in the main but there is still room for improvement, also with fitness as well.
“I said to the lads after the game that I think their fitness levels are looking good and I’m pleased with how they’ve applied themselves in pre-season.
“We’re ready to go now, so it’s been a good pre-season from our perspective.”