The current goalkeeping conundrum at Dean Court is only likely to result in one thing.
A new shot-stopper walking into the squad come the end of the 2018/19 Premier League campaign.
Asmir Begovic has now been dropped twice by AFC Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe since January.
The 31-year-old Bosnia international dropped to the bench for two months, before being handed a very generous second chance. However, Begovic blundered his way through the recent home match against Burnley and was promptly dropped for a second time for Artur Boruc.
Whilst former Poland international Boruc has been superb between the sticks this season, he, unfortunately, is 39-years-old and out-of-contract at the end of the season.
The national media appear to have come to the very same conclusion and have already linked three potential signings with the Cherries.
According to the British tabloid newspaper The Sun, Eddie Howe’s first choice targets are England internationals Jack Butland and Nick Pope.
Whilst the duo are highly thought of in the England set-up they both are currently not playing in the Premier League.
26-year-old Butland has been outside of the top flight of English football since Stoke City were relegated last season, he has been a mainstay in their Championship campaign, but that is unlikely to end in promotion, so could be available in the summer.
Meanwhile, Pope (also 26) has slipped down the pecking order at Burnley following an operation on his shoulder and is currently the third choice behind Tom Heaton and Joe Hart.
The newspaper added…
“The Three Lions keepers are going head-to-head in Howe’s summer search, with Liverpool No2 Simon Mignolet also being monitored.”
We don’t need the second coming of Gordon Banks. Just someone who can catch crosses, shout at the defence a bit, and kick a ball in a vaguely straight line! Can’t be that hard to find surely?! – Join the conversation, click here.