AFC Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe has hinted towards a move into the foreign transfer market.
The Cherries manager is widely known to have a preference for either British players or players who have been British based for quite some time. This enables players to settle into the squad, theoretically at least, a bit quicker.
Last summer saw the addition of two foreign players to the squad in the form of Nathan Ake and Asmir Begovic, but the Dutch and Bosnian internationals had been British based for the majority of their careers.
Both players stepped straight into the squad, whilst 2017 signing Lys Mousset from Le Harve has taken his time to establish himself in the first team picture.
Overall last season AFC Bournemouth gave more minutes to English players in the Premier League last season than any other club, this despite Ake and Begovic virtually ever-present in the side.
This summer, AFC Bournemouth have been widely linked with Colombia international Jefferson Lerma.
Howe told the Daily Echo…
“…We are playing in an English league and we don’t want to lose that identity.
“There is a pride in that but that is not to say we are not proud of our players who come from different countries around the world…
“…I think broadening our horizons in terms of our recruitment and maybe looking to be more active in the foreign markets is certainly something we are going to look to do.
“Potentially, players may be cheaper and, with the inflated market in England, it becomes even more difficult to recruit players at good prices with every passing year.”
What I’d love RIGHT now is a Premier League directive that states 8 players in every starting 11 have to be English/Homegrown.
We’d win the league easy (or at least **** it up thanks to an awful couple of months post Christmas and finish top 4). – Join the conversation, click here.