AFC Bournemouth midfielder Emerson Hyndman has returned to his native United States of America to join Major League Soccer champions Atlanta on loan until 31st December 2019 when they then hold an option to make the deal permanent.
The 23-year-old joined the Cherries in 2016, signing a four-year deal following a £750,000 move from Fulham.
During his first season at Dean Court, he made three appearances in the domestic cup competitions, two starts in the League Cup and one in the FA Cup before making a loan switch to Scotland with Rangers.
The following season he made two more appearances in the FA Cup and one in the League Cup, before making his Premier League debut against Burnley in May 2018.
Last season he returned to Scotland with Hibernian before returning to the south coast to make another Premier League appearance, this time for the final 40 minutes against Southampton.
With his contract expiring in the summer, it looks likely that he has played his final game for AFC Bournemouth.
Wow that’s a genius move by the club and Neill Blake, loan Hyndman out for a year to a dross league and then sell him for £0 when his contract expires next Summer and also when he passes the age of 24 so we don’t even get compensation for developing him.
What a great business model we have going on here.
Can’t say it surprises me though, we splashed out £20m on Dominic Solanke who has never scored a Premier League goal. And despite the numerous amount of players that have left this club in the last 5 years we still haven’t received more than a £12m transfer fee (Matt Ritchie). No, it doesn’t mean I think Hyndman is worth that but it’s a sign of the incompetence that still cripples this club. And yes I know what you’re going to say now, well we’ve kept our better players but there will be consequences to that, sometimes there is a right time to sell when you weigh up numerous factors, some of these players will have a standout season or 2 and fade, some have reached there ceiling with us and can only improve with better players around them.
For example, let’s say we keep Callum Wilson this Summer for another year, he has a bad season next year, his stock goes down and we get £25million next Summer. His goals could keep us up but equally, we could still go down with him or stay up without him, our star players are still inconsistent which is why they’re still here. And if we do keep him it’s at a cost, it makes the new Stadium legacy dream more unlikely than it already is because we haven’t sold anyone important for a while, we know all the Premier League TV money is devoured by player and staff wages as we’ve offered all the players big contracts to stay here. Someone pointed out in another thread we’ve spent £45million already this year (all on potential, none proved in Premier League) and I don’t feel any more confident in the squad than I did last season and we still have a lot of dross in the squad.
I like Wilson, decent player, nice person, works hard, def lost a yard or 2 of pace post ACL’s but I honestly think we should accept a £50m bid if it came and do firmly believe Josh King is a better natural Striker and finisher. And then we have this other situation with squad players who are decent but surplus it appears, yet we still can’t sell them – Tyrone Mings, Harry Arter, Asmir Begovic etc.
I wish Max Demin would install some ruthless employees to the club – Ones who will treat the club finance like it’s their own finance because I’m getting this strong instinct that there’s a lot of mercenaries in the middle of it at present.
Please, guys, don’t equate the “stadium dream” with player ins and outs. Two very separate issues. Obviously, if there was a windfall of 100Million+ then perhaps a board might be inclined to throw money away on the stadium but it doesn’t become a good business decision.
Apart from that, I agree with Red’s frustrations, it’s a tricky balancing act though. Imagine the uproar if we’d offered Hyndman an extension this Summer? I for one would be wondering what he’d done to deserve it, these loans aren’t always about recouping a transfer fee but about reducing wages exposure, which is often the bigger but unseen number (probably not that big in this instance though). I think the last paragraph is unfair and unfounded though, given the way Maxim treated Edmund Mitchell I think it’s fair to say he’s no mug when he sees his money being spent where he doesn’t want it to be. – Join the conversation, click here.