AFC Bournemouth’s Under-21s’ Premier League Cup run continues with another group stage game at Vitality Stadium against West Bromwich Albion.
There are plenty of talking points before the game which takes place this Friday, 9th November, at 7pm, and is open for all supporters to attend.
But what can we expect from the young Cherries as they look to progress in the competition?
Change in the dugout
With the news of Carl Fletcher being made loan player manager, Shaun Cooper is now in charge of the under-21s for the remainder of the season.
Cooper made 231 appearances for the Cherries and was one of the heroes of the Greatest Escape campaign in 2009.
He assisted Alan Connell with the under-18s this season, as well as being in charge of the under-14s with the club before taking the new role, which he’s very excited about taking.
See Cooper’s interview about the challenges ahead here.
Potential first team starters?
The Premier League Cup has seen a blend of youth and experience utilised by the Cherries over the last season, and with Newcastle United up next for the first team on Saturday, we could see those who haven’t travelled involved to top up their minutes.
Based on the last under-21s Premier League Cup squad, the likes of Tyrone Mings, Jack Simpson and Marc Pugh could be involved if they don’t make the trip to the Tyne with the first team.
Premier League Cup progress
It’s an important competition for the under-21s, and the last round saw a remarkable 7-1 win against Burnley’s youngsters, the same day that saw the first team triumph over Watford 4-0.
So the under-21s are on three points after one game, top of the group on goal difference, but level on points with West Bromwich Albion who beat Liverpool 1-0 in the last round of fixtures.
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