It may have taken 125 years to reach the promised land, but Bournemouth finally made it to the Premier League. Despite Eddie Howe’s men enjoying the past number of seasons, the current 2019/20 season isn’t going as planned.
Eddie Howe has been hailed as one of the best young managers, especially due to his work with Bournemouth. Although in recent times, the defensive side of Howe’s men has been questioned. As it stands, Bournemouth remain in the relegation zone in 18th place and has been in overall poor form.
Despite going winless in the previous six games Bournemouth managed to find a rare victory. This came against fellow strugglers Brighton, as the cherries prevailed with a 3-1 home victory.
Throughout their time in the Premier League, Bournemouth haven’t had problems with scoring goals. The likes of Callum Wilson and Joshua King have been influential down the years. Due to their club performances, they have gone onto play for their respected countries.
The problem this year has not only been conceding goals – but also scoring goals. Bournemouth have only managed to score 23 goals all season. Both of there major goal threats – Wilson and King – recorded a poor return of a combined nine goals. Despite both suffering injuries, Bournemouth do have players to score goals. Players such as Dominic Solanke and Ryan Fraser have been labelled as talented attacking players, however, neither have stepped up this season.
For Bournemouth to stay in the Premier League, they simply have to score more goals. This current side will always concede goals and have relied on there forwards heavily. They also must become more organised, despite Howe’s expansive attacking style.
Recruitment in recent years has been positive, especially with the likes of Nathan Ake and Jefferson Lerma. Although they have never had a real replacement for Wilson. They did bring in Dominic Solanke but he hasn’t shown any real confidence or creativity.
If Bournemouth were to get relegated there could be major issues. The current team has multiple international players and they will simply not waste a season in the Championship.
Bournemouth are capable of turning their season around but it’s crucial they keep their key players fit. Surprisingly, the club hasn’t made any approach for players in this current transfer window. The squad does need at least another central defender as regular starter Steve Cook is simply not good enough. He may be a leader around the training ground, but where it matters Cook hasn’t got the ability to keep up. Howe has the ability to turn things around, but can the players find form and begin to string performances together?