Harry Arter has been one of the most impressive midfielders in the Premier League so far this season. The Republic of Ireland international has been the driving force for Bournemouth in the centre of the field, and has come in for numerous plaudits.
He has yet to make a competitive appearance for the Boys in Green. Martin O’Neill has preferred the likes of Glenn Whelan, James McCarthy, Jeff Hendrick and Wes Hoolahan in the middle of the park.
However, this could change when Ireland face Austria in next month’s World Cup qualifier in Vienna. O’Neill prefers to play five in the midfield away from home against strong opposition, and rarely picks Hoolahan for a tie when they are on the back foot. The fact that Whelan was dropped against Georgia means that there could be space for Arter.
Oh… Also the fact that Arter has been one of the strongest midfielders in the Premier League this season.
Sky Sports pundit Jamie Redknapp, speaking after Bournemouth’s draw with Tottenham today, was full of praise for the 26 year-old man of the match award.
“It was the best midfield performance I’ve seen all season in the Premier League. He was all action.
“It wasn’t just the tackles. It was the passing. It was the energy he showed. He was the player who epitomised how Bournemouth played today. Everything about his game was sensational.”
Redknapp wasn’t the only one who was impressed.
— ⚽ Martyn ⚽ (@Kamimartze) October 22, 2016
@HarryArter2 quality player with a real bite in his game. Really hope we get him in soon for Ireland,he has so much to bring us forward
— LP (@christmastreefc) October 22, 2016
Harry Arter, what a man. Incredible performance again. Top, top class. #afcb
— Michael (@MikeAFCB4) October 22, 2016