What’s the big fuss? Three games in and Bournemouth have every right to feel a little nonplussed about the challenge presented by top flight football. Last season’s Championship winners sit above Spurs, Newcastle and Southampton and only one point behind last season’s Premier League champions. A win away to West Ham that featured more drama than your average episode of Game Of Thrones was a nice way to open the Premier League account, but a narrow and referee’s assistant fueled defeat at Anfield was perhaps even more encouraging.
For a long time hailed as a managerial prodigy, Eddie Howe seems to have a good, stylish team on his hands. But having said that, we haven’t reached the end of August and the moment the injuries and suspensions start piling up, fans will start thinking about change faster than you can say ‘Hmmm … is Big Sam still available?’
Bournemouth have a starting XI that is good enough to stay up. Their biggest problem is depth. It’s no harm to look at strengthening the squad. They need more goals from midfield. Lee Tomlin was a good signing, but they still need more cover. After conceding five goals in three games. a new centre back should also be top of Eddie’s list and lastly a full back. Here’s three signings from the Championship who could fit the bill and help the bid for survival.
1. Henri Lansbury
22 goals in 91 appearances is some serious shooting for a midfielder. That’s a goal every four games. Burnley had a £4 million bid rejected and Lansbury has said he wants to stay, but every player has a price and if he keeps you up, surly he’s worth it. The hipster cred you’d get alone is almost worth signing him.
2. Richard Keogh
Bournemouth’s biggest problem will be conceding goals. They only conceded 45 goals last season. That’s pretty impressive in the ‘gladiatorial, anyone can beat anyone’ environment of the Championships. But all newly promoted teams struggle defensively. Yes, Peter Crouch looks about as threatening as a drunk baby giraffe, but once he gets a bony elbow into your back, it could be a different story. Keogh is an Irish international that has experience playing against some of the top strikers in the world. His experience and no-nonsense approach would be vital.
3. Andrew Robertson
Howe likes his full-backs to get forward and support the attack. Last season there were few better than the young Scotsman. He only signed for Hull this time last season so it would take an offer of around £3 million to tempt him away. Or an unlimited voucher to Greggs for Steve Bruce. It’s definitely possible, it what we’re saying.
REVEALED! Steve Bruce’s eating technique. Lean back. Hands on head. Open mouth. HOOVER UP ALL THE FOOD. pic.twitter.com/Ua55DeqYCb
— Paddy Power (@paddypower) January 20, 2015