Who is Mark Travers and why is Bournemouth goalkeeper starting against Tottenham today?

Bournemouth face Spurs in the Premier League's early kick-off and Eddie Howe has sprung a huge surprise with his selection.

19-year-old Mark Travers makes his first league start for the Cherries as he looks to keep out the likes of Son Heung-min and Christian Eriksen.

Who is Mark Travers?

Irishman Travers started his career with Dublin-based Cherry Orchard before joining Shamrock Rovers in 2015.

A year later he was snapped up by Bournemouth after a successful trial.

Only a year ago he was playing on loan at Southern League Weymouth, where he hit the headlines by scoring from his own half against Bishop's Stortford.

Travers has already been called up to the Ireland international squad, where he was an unused substitute against Gibraltar and Georgia in March.

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Why is Mark Travers starting against Tottenham?

Goalkeeper has been a problem position for Bournemouth for some time this season.

Regular goalkeeper Asmir Begovic has been in and out of the side amid rumours of a bust-up with boss Eddie Howe.

Until now, the Bosnian has been replaced by Artur Boruc, but with the former Polish international now 39-years-old, it appears Howe has his eye on giving Travers Premier League experience ahead of a more regular role next season.

There has been no suggestion that either Boruc or Begovic are injured.

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