Scott Parker clarifies Ben Pearson’s situation at AFC Bournemouth

Middlesbrough clinched a 1-0 victory over Bournemouth in the Cherries’ last game and with the team chasing points in the coming games, boss Scott Parker has revealed to the daily echo how he had to make a decision over midfielder Ben Pearson.

Pearson was a signing from Preston last year and has worked tirelessly down center for the Cherries since securing a transfer to Vitality Stadium.

This season he has played 14 times in total and was a regular at the starting lineup, but in the game against Boro he didn’t even reach the bench.

This is despite the 26-year-old being in good shape and being one of the club’s most valuable options in the middle of the pitch. In the end, the Cherries still couldn’t get the win over Chris Wilder and he could feature in their next game again, but he had to give up Boro’s game.

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Speaking of the decision to remove Pearson from the squad at L’Écho Quotidien, Parker said, “Ben is fine. I think I’ve said it many times, there are some tough decisions I have to make.

“This weekend there was one I had to do to kick players from the squad. Unfortunately this decision I made was the best for the team and how I see the game going and how I had to prepare the bench.

Dropping the team’s Ben Pearson hasn’t paid off for Parker and he’s likely to at least be back among the substitutes in the next draw. Bournemouth’s next game is set to be an interesting affair, however, with Scott Parker’s side set to face QPR. The Hoops have their own play-off ambition and they’ll be eager to have one on Bournemouth – so they might need Pearson’s courage in the middle of the park again in this game.

The verdict

Scott Parker and Bournemouth need to start scoring again or Blackburn could soon overtake them in the standings.

The Rovers are currently playing superb football and are in great shape, while Bournemouth have only collected three points in five games. This is the form that could see them abandon automatic promotion places – and potentially even play-off places.

Against QPR, the team will then have to try to secure victory. They have a number of options down the middle, but they should also consider Ben Pearson again as Preston’s ex-man works hard and is great at reading the game.

If Bournemouth and Parker can start playing again like they did earlier this season again over the holiday season, then the points should be coming soon.

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