AFC Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe is pleased with the summer additions he has made to the squad.
Having sold Matt Ritchie to Newcastle United for around £12million, sold Tommy Elphick to Aston Villa for around £3.25millioion and Lee Tomlin to Bristol City for around £3million, the Cherries have made a net spend of around £12million bringing in six new signings, averaging an age of just over 20.
Arriving on the south coast on a season long loan deal from Chelsea is utility player Nathan Aké, a 21 year old Dutch Under 21’s international.
On a permanent basis, AFC Bournemouth have broken their record transfer fee on Jordon Ibe, paying £15million for the 20 year old England Under 21’s international.
Liverpool team-mate and 22 year old Australian international Brad Smith also joined for around £3million.
20 year old, United States of America international Emerson Hyndman joined for around £750,000 from Fulham.
20 year old France Under 20’s international Lys Mousset joined from French club Le Havre for ?7.3million and 19 year old England Under 19’s international Lewis Cook joined from Leeds United for around £10million.
Howe told the Daily Echo…
‘…When we took an overview of the market and looked at the possibility of wanting to improve our squad, we found players in their mid-20s established in the top leagues would be either too expensive for us or impossible to attract.
“So the players who would be potentially available to us would be on two different spectrum’s. Young and developing or experienced but potentially past their best levels.
“Our philosophy is very much built towards youth, development and long-term progression so hence we have gone down the path we have.
“We also had to factor in the fact that our squad from last season was one of the oldest in the Premier League so we wanted to act now so it remained in balance.”
Neil Dawson said…
Beggars belief we have not sorted out a centre half in their prime in the last four transfer windows. – Join the conversation here.
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