Bournemouth – Have they got what it takes for PL survival?
Written by Sam Cairns
Despite winning their first game of the season against Aston Villa, the question of whether they can survive in the Premier League still remains. The signings of Marco Senesi from Feyenoord, Neto from Barcelona and Ryan Fredericks from West Ham add not only quality but experience to the Bournemouth defence. They’ve also added Joe Rothwell from Blackburn and Marcus Tavernier from Middlesbrough to their midfield to add creativity.
Their attack however, some could argue is not up to Premier League standard. Dominic Solanke is probably the best attacker in the squad, scoring an impressive 29 goals and assists 7 in 46 games last season in the Championship. When Bournemouth were last in the Premier League, however,Solanke scored 3 and assisted 1 in 32 appearances showing that he perhaps struggles with the step up to the Premier League. Kieffer Moore their other out and out striker has never played in the Premier League up until the weekend where he scored his first Premier League goal. Could this prove to be the reason that Bournemouth struggle? Without improvements in that area, you can see why they may struggle for goals. The additions of Joe Rothwell and Marcus Tavernier however may provide the service to Dominic Solanke and Kieffer Moore needed for Bournemouth to survive.
Spending loads of money after you get promoted doesn’t guarantee survival though, one example that springs to mind was Fulham spending over £100 million at the start of the 2018/19 season. Their highest fee paid in that window was £25 million for Jean Michaël Seri from Nice who has now moved to Hull City on a free transfer, scoring 3 goals and assisting 7 in 69 appearances during his time at Fulham. Fulham went onto be relegated after winning 7 out of 38 games that season.
Following the sacking of manager Scott Parker yesterday due to internal reasons, the Cherries will be left managerless going into deadline day. So, perhaps by spending £25 million on signings, Bournemouth could be doing themselves a favour by not risking their future financially to attempt to keep their Premier League status.