Date: 26th October 2015 at 6:10pm
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Matt Ritchie

27 April 2015 - Sky Bet Championship - AFC Bournemouth v Bolton Wanderers - Matt Ritchie of Bournemouth applauds - Photo: Marc Atkins / Offside.

Matt Ritchie scored Bournemouth’s only goal of the game in their 5-1 home defeat to Tottenham on Sunday.

Another close call at the Goldsands Stadium between AFC Bournemouth’s wing wizard and the Cherries’ top goalscorer, Callum Wilson. But injury to the latter means Ritchie is crowned Bournemouth’s best player so far this season after enduring a terrific start to life in the Promised Land, so far. The 26-year-old, who arrived on the south-coast from Swindon Town over two-and-a-half years ago, has outshone from League Two starter to Premier League star in the space of three years after helping the club clinch the Championship title on the final day of last season. After bagging himself a sensational 15 goals in 51 appearances in all competitions for Eddie Howe’s last term; which helped the Cherries reach the Promised Land for the first time in their 125-year history, Ritchie has already taken the challenging step-up of playing in the Premier League firmly in his stride. A smashing long-range effort against Sunderland last month has been Ritchie’s English top-flight highlight so far this campaign, one that also saw the winger net the opener against Tottenham in yesterday’s home defeat (5-1). In Wilson’s absence; Ritchie’s form could play a significant role in whether Howe’s men can stave off relegation come the end of the season.

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