Ethan Laird’s Bournemouth struggles explained by Scott Parker: “The complexity of what we ask”

After an impressive start to the season at Swansea, Ethan Laird’s campaign has derailed since he joined Bournemouth in the January transfer window, Scott Parker explained the struggles that the 20-year-old has experienced with The Cherries in his latest press conference, highlighting “the complexity of what we ask”.

With just 40 minutes of football since the move, Laird’s lack of game time can be put down to multiple factors.

The loanee has competition from the experienced Adam Smith and Jack Stacey on the right, but he has also had trouble adapting to the style that the south coast side play. His injury which he picked up in December with The Swans also did not help the settling in process.

Despite that – and the fact that Laird has not been in a matchday squad since the 15th of March against Reading – Parker has said that the right-back has progressed over the course of the season with his side.

With Jordan Zemura being absent for the Easter period, Laird could look to find a place in the team on the left side of defence. He has previously played that role in the youth teams at United, but it could be a risk in the late stages of a Championship season.

If not, then it would be expected that Smith would move across to that side, giving Laird the opportunity to fight with Stacey for the right-back position.

It would, at least, give him a chance to challenge for a place in the matchday squads.

“I’ve seen a big improvement in Ethan.” He told Jacob Tanswell of DorsetLive. “I think I’ve said to you before that he’s definitely got a part to play here. I think his levels have improved.

“He’s come into an environment which is probably very, very different. He had an injury, so it’s been a bit slow. But certainly, Ethan has shown some big qualities and big moments and I know that he can contribute to us for the run-in.”

We have previously assessed the reasons behind the failed loan move for the exciting full-back, and Parker highlighted his interrupted introduction and the complexity of the way Bournemouth operate.

“Definitely fitness. Because, first of all, he missed six or seven weeks. He then came into a training environment that is intense and it’s very hard. So the timing of him picking up that injury was difficult.

“Then the complexity of what we ask and how we want to play, it has taken a little bit of time, along with a few others. But like I said, I’ve seen a big improvement in Ethan and I’d like to think that he can have a role to play between now and the end.”

There are seven games remaining for The Cherries, who currently are second in The Championship and in line to get automatic promotion to the Premier League next season.

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