With AFC Bournemouth securing a guaranteed top-six finish in the Championship this past week, a place in the play-offs has been confirmed.
That means, if successful, the Cherries are just five games away from an immediate return to the top flight of English football and with it, a new first, as they would join Norwich City and Watford in securing promotion, something that has never been done by the three relegated clubs during the Premier League era.
In AFC Bournemouth’s way stands Brentford, Swansea City and Barnsley, all three clubs have shown their credentials during the season and the Play-Offs are notorious for causing drama, upset and intrigue with season form thrown out of the window.
AFC Bournemouth will, just like the other three clubs, fancy their chances of tasting Premier League football during the 2021/22 campaign, but AFC Bournemouth duo Asmir Begovic and Arnaut Danjuma have one eye on it, “ideally” with the Cherries, but it would seem that the prospect of another season in the Championship if AFC Bournemouth fail to win promotion, wouldn’t be seen as “ideal”.
According to the Daily Echo, 24-year-old Danjuma has been linked with south coast neighbours Southampton and Brighton & Hove Albion over the course of the season, whilst Begovic has recently confessed that he would have liked to have stayed with AC Milan this season if it had been possible.
Speaking to the Daily Echo, Danjuma said…
“…My main objective is getting back with Bournemouth to the Premier League, but then again I’m a very ambitious athlete.
“Whenever something crosses my path that will have a positive effect on my career, I’ll always consider it, but at the moment getting back to the Premier League with Bournemouth is the main thing for me and where all my focus is.”
Also speaking to the Daily Echo, Begovic said…
“…I feel I can still keep playing this game for quite a long time. I want to play at the highest level possible.
“It would be obviously ideal if I could do that at Bournemouth and make sure we get to the Premier League next year.”
Waz afcb wrote…
Be interesting to see what happens with Danjuma if we don’t go up. It’s easy to assume that it’s inevitable that he will leave, but the same was said about David Brooks in the summer and our board demanded £40million for him to scare off any suitors. Every possibility we will slap a massive price tag on his head in a similar way we did to Brooks, in a gamble to secure the riches to the promised land. In the context of today’s market, we should be asking for £25million minimum. – Join the conversation, click here.