AFC Bournemouth take on Hull City in the EFL Championship at 3pm today and new signing Gary Cahill could make his debut for the Dorset club.
Cahill joined the club earlier this month on a one-year deal after leaving Crystal palace at the end of last season and the former England defender “maybe” an option for Scott Parker after a woeful defensive display against Norwich in midweek.
Parker’s side conceded six to the Canaries in a devastating defeat that saw the South coast side get knocked out of the Carabao Cup and two in the second half against Blackpool last weekend – throwing away a two goal lead in the process.
With a series of injuries in defence, Parker has had to use Chris Mepham as a makeshift right-back and academy graduate Zeno Ibsen Rossi has deputised in the heart of defence, but the team has been calling out for some defensive stability and experience after the last two results.
Nerve Sport asked the Cherries boss whether or not the club’s new centre-back, Cahill, would be a possible solution to that problem.
“Maybe, Gary has now had a week’s training with us football-wise,” Parker explained.
“Whilst he has worked on his own, he has not played a lot of football for a long time and we will have to make that call a bit nearer on Saturday.”
When asked if keeping a clean sheet was a priority this week, Parker said: “Well look, it is always a priority, every day in training we are always working on defensive units, defensive lines as a team.
“It is always something you go into the game wanting to get a clean sheet, we conceded a lot of goals last game which is not ideal, and you know, if you concede goals it is never a good platform for you to go and win games – so certainly we want to get back to being hard to break down and hard to score against.”