Marcondes "vicitim" of Cherries good start to campaign

Speaking last week, Scott Parker revealed why midfielder Emi Marcondes has found himself out the team after a promising start to life on the south coast.

Vitality Stadium | By Andy Jones

Cherries boss Scott Parker says Emi Marcondes lack of game time is down to the Danish midfielder being a “victim” of the team’s early season performances.

The attacking midfielder joined the Dorset club on a free transfer in the summer after helping Brentford secure promotion, scoring in the playoff final against Swansea, as the Bees secured their first ever promotion to the Premier League

Initially, the midfielder started life well under Parker and scored on his league debut in the the 2-2 draw with West Brom on the opening day of the campaign. Marcondes went on to start the following four games alongside Gavin Kilkenny and Philip Billing in Parker’s new-look midfield.

Since that run in the team, Marcondes has only made one substitute appearance, coming on in the 2-1 defeat to Preston.

When asked by NERVE SPORT why the midfielder has been out of the team, Parker said: “Well a number of reasons really but I think the main one is he came out of the team when I felt he needed to get some air and some oxygen and at that moment I suppose he is a victim to the team doing well.

“Like a lot of players who find themselves not getting a lot of game time he is probably a victim of the players and the team producing the performances that they have been producing.”

With defeat to Wayne Rooney’s Derby on Sunday and the subsequent suspension of Philip Billing there could be an opening for Marcondes on Wednesday night against Millwall.

Speaking prior to the defeat at Pride Park, Parker revealed the Dane has been an “ultimate professional” and knows he has a player at his disposal who can make a difference.

“These are not easy decisions for me because I understand he’s got quality and his worth to the team but at this present moment in time he just finds himself out of it a little bit," the head coach added.

“But as quickly as I say that I have no doubt he is ready for when his opportunity comes. For his sake hopefully that does come and if it does I have no doubt that he shows his quality like he did in the first few games.”

Cherries will be looking to bounce back from the disappointing 3-2 defeat to Derby and the trip to Millwall will give Parker and his side the opportunity to get back to winning ways.

 

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