With Big Ben striking midnight, the January transfer window for 2019 opened.
AFC Bournemouth are expected to have a busy transfer window.
All of the Cherries strikers have been gaining attention from rival clubs.
But some incomings are also expected, despite AFC Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe playing his cards close to his chest.
That’s because Howe’s squad has been heavily depleted by long-standing injuries.
In central midfield, Lewis Cook has been ruled out for the remainder of the season, whilst Dan Gosling has also had surgery on his knee.
With Harry Arter on a season-long loan with Cardiff City, that has left Jefferson Lerma and Andrew Surman as the Cherries only recognised central midfielders. The former is also just one yellow card away from his tenth of the season, a milestone that will see him suspended for two matches.
At right back, AFC Bournemouth captain Simon Francis has also suffered a knee injury and will also miss the remainder of the season, Adam Smith is also sidelined and isn’t expected to return for several weeks, leaving AFC Bournemouth without a recognised right back which has previously forced the Cherries into a change of shape.
Some emergency signings are seemingly desperately needed.
AFC Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe told the Daily Echo…
“…Nothing has been decided we have made no moves in the market at all at the moment. I think it’s a case of still seeing what options we have available to us.
“It would be foolish of me to make that promise and pledge but we are looking at what we can do.”
Discussing the current status of both Smith and Gosling, Howe went on to add…
“We haven’t seen them training yet, They are still working their way back and have hurdles to overcome before they are anywhere near the training pitch.
“Both are making good progress from their injuries but are not close enough to return.”
No specific player link but I can’t see us not making a Right Back move after the Francis injury. We can’t get through all of January and February with no right back in the squad. In a way, this strengthens our hand if there’s a top prospect available for loan. Clubs may have been wary of sending them here to sit on the bench behind Francis and Smith when he gets back. Now they’d be assured a couple of months of starts in which to stake their claim and if they can’t make their case in that time I don’t think their home club could really complain.
Now… are there any top young right backs out there looking for some Premier League experience?
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