Bournemouth secured a top-half Premier League finish last season, but what lies ahead in the new campaign? Read on for our 2017/18 preview.
Last season’s finishing position: 9th (+7)
Total points: 46 (+4)
FA Cup: Third round
EFL Cup: Third round
Top league scorer: Josh King (16)
Key stat: Bournemouth scored more goals (55) than Manchester United (54) as they recorded their best league finish. They did so with 11 different English players making at least 20 appearances, a Premier League high since 2000/01.
Major ins: Nathan Ake (Chelsea, £20m), Asmir Begovic (Chelsea, £10m), Jermain Defoe (Sunderland, free)
Major outs: Lewis Grabban (Sunderland, loan)
PAUL MERSON’S VIEW
What next for Howe’s Bournemouth – how do they continue to improve?
MERSE: I don’t see them going down as they balance out their defensive issues with an exciting attack They’re one of the few teams that have to have a go in one of the cups, otherwise where are they going? They made 10 changes against Millwall in the FA Cup last year and did the same in the League Cup. If you’re a supporter you need more than finishing 10th-15th. Clubs focus on staying up because of the money but fans and players want to win stuff.
Which of their players are most excited about watching?
MERSE: Jermain Defoe is a great signing. I always look forward to watching him, he’s a brilliant centre-forward and it will be a massive feat if he goes to the World Cup.
What are the challenges facing the manager this season?
MERSE: They play a certain way and that suits the forward players. They are very open, which attracts criticism of their defence, but I don’t see why they’d change that. I just think they need to keep playing that way.
What are their strengths?
MERSE: Going forward. With Defoe in the team they are literally now ‘we’ll score more goals than you’ which makes them great to watch.
What are their weaknesses?
MERSE: Defensively. They do bomb forward and they’re not great at the back, even though they’ve got decent players. They’Where will they finish this season and why?
MERSE: 15th but hopefully have a good run in the cups. I don’t see them getting relegated.re a team I do enjoying covering because you know there will be action.Euro Soccer Bonus
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