Sheffield United: Marcos is made for the Cherries

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HE might not be the most glamorous player AFC Bournemouth have acquired in recent weeks but Tommy Elphick believes that Marcos Painter, his former colleague at Brighton and Hove Albion, could prove the most important.

Painter, who is scheduled to spend the rest of the season on loan at Goldsands Stadium, has already helped Swansea City and Gus Poyet’s side gain promotion from League One.

Speaking ahead of tomorrow’s crucial encounter with Sheffield United, Elphick predicted the experience he accumulated during those successful campaigns could help tip the race for Championship football in the south coast club’s favour.

“I have played a lot with Paints,” Elphick said. “He has got great experience for his age and has gone up twice from this division.

“He’s got a great pedigree. Coming into our side, it will suit us down to the ground that he’s got that background.

“He wants the ball and wants to get forward as much as possible but his main game is that he is solid and there every week.”

Painter, aged 26, made his Bournemouth debut at Preston North End last weekend. Elphick, describing that 2-0 defeat as a “baptism of fire” for the defender, added: “First and foremost, Marcos comes with that hunger and desire to keep clean sheets, which you can’t beat.”