Neto or Mark Travers? Bournemouth boss Andoni Iraola gives FPL update | Football

Bournemouth goalkeeper Neto was dropped against Wolves (Picture: Getty)

AFC Bournemouth manager Andoni Iraola has refused to confirm who will start in goal between Neto and Mark Travers against Brighton on Sunday.

That comes as a headache to some Fantasy Premier League (FFP) players who have Neto in their respective teams for the latest round of top-flight fixtures.

Neto, who captains the Cherries, has been Bournemouth’s No.1 goalkeeper this season but was surprisingly dropped against Wolves last time out.

Travers impressed in his absence as the south coast club recorded a 1-0 victory at Molineux on Wednesday.

Speaking about his decision to drop Neto, Iraola said it was because Travers had been ‘training very well’ and he wanted to see him in a pressured away game.

In his press conference on Friday, Iraola was asked who would start in goal for Bournemouth’s clash against the Seagulls.

‘I haven’t made a decision yet,’ Bournemouth boss Iraola said. ‘Sometimes I decide the morning of the game, I wait until I’ve seen them in training and those last feelings I have.

Mark Travers celebrates Bournemouth's win over Wolves with teammates

Mark Travers impressed in Bournemouth’s victory over Wolves (Picture: Getty)

‘Neto has been very good, he has played well, but I wanted to see Mark as in training he’s shown he’s a very good keeper.’

Republic of Ireland international Travers is hoping to take the No.1 spot from Neto for the 2024-25 season.

Travers was named Bournemouth’s Player of the Year in 2021-22 and secured the Championship Golden Glove as the Cherries secured promotion to the top-flight.

Travers recently admitted he had been left ‘frustrated’ at a lack of game time this season, adding: ‘Of course I want to play week in, week out. I’d be lying if I said I was happy that I wasn’t.’

He was sent out on loan to Stoke City earlier in the campaign but was recalled after Neto picked up an injury.

‘I think that’s the hardest part about football, not playing,’ Travers said. ‘What you do when you’re not playing is tough. But thankfully I have a really strong family and partner behind me, who keeps me going and always push me. I’m always grateful for that and try not to overthink it too much.’


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