Bigger ambitions inbound for the Cherries?
Welcome back to ‘The 2019-20 Premier League Season Preview’ – a feature series that previews all 20 clubs of the Premier League ahead of the new football season.
So let’s continue with another club that is starting to become part of the Premier League ‘furniture’… Bournemouth.
MANAGER: Eddie Howe
CAPTAIN: Simon Francis
ODDS TO WIN THE LEAGUE: 1000-1 (via Oddschecker)
Now in their fifth successive season in the top flight of English fotbball, Bournemouth are looking to kick from becoming a ‘steady’ club in the Premier League to being a team that has European ambitions going forward.
Whether that is via the league or success in either the FA Cup or Carabao Cup, Bournemouth are looking towards the next rung on the ladder.
Eddie Howe looks to have made very shrewd acquisitions once again and will hope his young squad can once again defy expectations and thrive amongst the best clubs in England.
HOW THEY FINISHED IN THE LAST FIVE SEASONS
2014-15 – 1st (Championship)
2015-16 – 16th (Premier League)
2016-17 – 9th (Premier League)
2017-18 – 12th (Premier League)
2018-19 – 14th (Premier League)
Premier League – 14th
FA Cup – Third Round
Carabao Cup – Quarter-Finals
Top Scorer – League: Callum Wilson (14), All: Callum Wilson (15)
Lloyd Kelly (Bristol City, £13m)
Jack Stacey (Luton Town, £4m)
Tyrone Mings (Aston Villa, £20m)
Lys Mousset (Sheffield United , £10m)
Marc Pugh – Released
GK – Boruc, Ramsdale, Begović, Travers
DF – Francis, Cook, Aké, Daniels, Smith, Stacey, Diego Rico, Simpson, Mepham, Kelly
MD – Gosling, Surman, Lerma, Ibe, Cook, Stanislas, Brooks, Fraser, Taylor, Butcher, Dobre, Arter
FW – King, Wilson, Solanke, Surridge
PLAYER TO LOOK OUT FOR – LLOYD KELLY
After eight years in the youth system and making a name for himself in the Championship at Bristol City, Lloyd Kelly decided to look towards the next step in his career and moved to Bournemouth in a £13m transfer earlier this summer.
An attack-minded left-back who very much fits the mould of what is wanted from a modern-day full-back, Kelly has the potential to become one of the best in the game and will hope that his first season on the coastline will show that he is capable of coming up against some of the Premier League’s best and prove that his transfer fee was infact a bargain.
HEAD-TO-HEAD AGAINST CHELSEA
Matches played – 15
Won – 4
Drawn – 0
Lost – 11
HOW MUCH OF A THREAT WILL THEY BE TO CHELSEA?
Even though you couldn’t really say that Bournemouth are a ‘threat’ to Chelsea, the Cherries have pulled off a couple of amazing results over the Blues recently, including last season’s impressive 4-0 win at Dean Court.
Bournemouth will looking to continue to solidify their status as a ‘seasoned’ Premier League club and look to break into the top ten for the second time since being promoted back in 2015.
WHERE WILL THEY FINISH?
Keeping the likes of Callum Wilson, Joshua King and Ryan Fraser has been a masterstroke by Howe and the club. Their combined contributions of 35 goals and 29 assists to the team last season pretty much made sure Bournemouth continued their stay in the Premier League for a fifth consecutive year.
And with adding exciting prospects such as Lloyd Kelly and Jack Stacey to a team that has the likes of Jefferson Lerma, Nathan Aké, Lewis Cook and David Brooks… Bournemouth are definitely moving along in the right direction.
Will they break top ten this season? No. But they will once again strengthen their foundations to become a successful team in the future.
Predicted position: 12th
Come back for part 4 tomorrow as we stay on the coastline in previewing The Seagulls that are Brighton & Hove Albion.