AFC Bournemouth attacker Lys Mousset was a reported target for five French clubs during the January transfer window.
Mousset joined the Cherries from French club Le Havre in the summer, but following his move to the south coast of England, his game time has been limited.
He’s made a total of five appearances, with all but his last appearance in the FA Cup against Millwall coming from the bench.
Prior to his start against League One side Millwall, where he played the full 90 minutes of the 3-0 defeat he had played just 81 minutes across the EFL Cup and Premier League.
In December, Mousset was reportedly unhappy at Dean Court and was quoted as saying ‘I really have the impression of wasting my time, of being in a dead-end.’
Within days he made a brief statement on afcb.co.uk which clarified his position by stating ‘I only joined Bournemouth in the summer and this is just the start of the journey here for me.
‘I am training hard every day and I am ready to take my chance when it comes.’
During the January transfer window, AFC Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe appeared open to the idea of allowing the young French attacker to leave on a short term loan move.
Howe stated ‘With someone like Lys, it might be beneficial for him to go and get football on a loan arrangement.
‘We will wait and see and try to make the right call for us and for Lys.’
But that loan move never transpired, instead Mousset stepped up the pecking order amongst the Cherries attacking options with Lewis Grabban going on loan to Championship side Reading and Callum Wilson suffering a season ending knee injury.
If Mousset had departed on loan he had no shortage of options according to ClubCall who have stated that Saint-Etienne, Rennes, Montpellier, Bastia and Marseille all showed an interest adding…
‘Le Journal du Dimanche have confirmed the rumours that Marseille were interested, although they claim that coach Rudi Garcia was not totally convinced that Mousset could provide adequate back-up for Bafetimbi Gomis.
Can you not understand why a young footballer would want to be playing, or at least being given some gametime?….sometimes I do wonder why when the opportunity is there to get a player off the bench for some valuable PL matchtime we do not give it to them? I recall that Mousset was on the bench when we thrashed Hull City at home…he could have been surely so action then when we were 4-1 up?
…he must get frustrated when he sees other players floundering up front for us in games and he doesn’t get a look in? – Join the conversation here.
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