Bournemouth captain Simon Francis is prepared to do all he can to help the team but admits he would love to get his starting spot back. The 33-year-old, who has played in League One, the Championship and Premier League across seven seasons with the Cherries, has only missed 10 top-flight games during the past two seasons.
However, the defender found himself on the bench as Eddie Howe’s side kicked off their campaign with a 2-0 win over newly-promoted Cardiff City on Saturday.
He came on in the 67th minute and helped the south-coast club see out the match to take all three points.
Whether or not Francis gets the nod to start against West Ham United on Saturday only time will tell, but he will continue to take any chance given to aid the side’s cause.
“It was tough but I had an inkling from the Marseille game that the manager may have done it,” he told the Daily Echo.
“Nobody could argue because the lads were excellent in that game. I couldn’t argue, but I had to show what I could do on Saturday.
“It’s been a long time since I have come off the bench. I just want to help the team be in the right mindset and, hopefully, I can. If I get a chance, like on Saturday with 25 minutes, you have to try to change the game.”