As the children prepare for a return to school this week and next, AFC Bournemouth’s summer recruitment plan has come to an end with the summer transfer window slamming shut last night.
How would you grade their work over the last few weeks? Do they need to try better? Or have they picked up a solid grade to take forward?
There had already been quite a turnover of players on the south coast since the 2020/21 campaign under former head coach Jonathan Woodgate came to an abrupt end in the Championship play-offs against Brentford.
Rodrigo Riquelme returned to Atletico Madrid, Cameron Carter-Vickers returned to Tottenham Hotspur and Shane Long was sent back to parent club Southampton following the expiry of the trio’s loan deals.
Former England international Jack Wilshere was released following the expiry of his short-term contract, whilst Asmir Begovic was allowed to join Everton, Sam Surridge was sold to Stoke City and Arnaut Danjuma and Diego Rico were sold to Spanish La Liga sides Villareal and Real Sociedad respectively. Whilst Kyle Taylor was allowed to join Exeter City on transfer deadline day on a free transfer.
AFC Bournemouth’s incomings concluded with the signing of Ryan Christie from Celtic for £1.5million, who was added to Jamal Lowe (£1.5million from Swansea), Emiliano Marcondes (free transfer from Brentford), Leif Davis (on loan from Leeds United), Orjan Nyland (free transfer from Norwich City), Gary Cahil (free transfer from Crystal Palace) and Morgan Rogers (on loan from Manchester City).
AFC Bournemouth head coach Scott Parker has certainly been backed with the addition of seven new signings consisting of one goalkeeper, one centre-back, one left-back, and four attack-minded players.
How would you grade AFCB's summer dealings?
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Really pleased with the window. It’s just felt really well constructed from start to finish. The technical team has got decent value for both the incomings and outgoings.
Wage bill shed of some high earners (Begovic and Rico) and market rates obtained on others (Danjuma and Surridge)
Incomings are a great mix of loaned youth that could become permanent, established pros at this level and a real quality experienced addition in Cahill.
If this was the type of window that was sold to Scott Parker by Richard Hughes and Neill Blake, pretty clear to see why he felt comfortable making the move from Fulham.
Credit where credit is due… I’ve been negative towards Hughes and Blake, and still have my concerns, however, they seem to have delivered on getting players through the door, and seemingly good ones…
I’m not getting too excited though just yet as we need to see what Parker can really do now… They say any new manager needs 3 windows to really build his own team… Parker seems to have been given a lot in his first window, so time for him to really deliver now (not that I’ve not been impressed by him so far)… – Join the conversation, click here.