AFC Bournemouth winger Ryan Fraser believes the Cherries can achieve their campaign target for the 2017/18 Premier League season.
The main focus in the top flight of English football will always be survival. The financial implications of competing in the richest division in world football dictate that.
But under AFC Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe, the Cherries have also shown a year on year progression.
During his first stint at Dean Court, the Cherries achieved the great escape, avoiding relegation to non-league football despite a 17 point deduction, the following season promotion was won from the fourth tier.
Upon his return, promotion from the third tier was achieved just months after he left Burnley to take over the Cherries who were in the relegation zone.
Two seasons later, promotion to the Premier League was achieved and in the following years, AFC Bournemouth has finished 16th on 42 points and 9th on 46 points.
With five games remaining, AFC Bournemouth is currently 11th on 38 points. At this stage last season the Cherries were 16th on 35 points.
Fraser told Sky Sports…
“From day one, our target has been to beat our tally from last season and we can still do that,”
“The gaffer does it in five-game sections, giving us targets to achieve and we’re on our course to beat last season’s.
“Sometimes you do need to look over your shoulder but at the same time you need to be positive and try and beat that tally from last season.
“People say that 40 points is going to be enough and we’re nearly there, but as a team you can’t settle for that until you’re mathematically safe – then you can go forward.”
US Cherry wrote…
Probably (end up with) less than last year and maybe a spot or two lower in the table. I still think we have improved on last season in other metrics. We really need to sort out how we start the season, we always seem to start badly. – Join the conversation here