AFC Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe believes his summer signings will eventually prove to be successful.
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 five new signings, averaging an age of just over 20.
On a permanent basis, AFC Bournemouth broke their record transfer fee on Jordon Ibe, paying in the region of £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…
“A number of those (summer signings) were younger players with an eye on the future, It`s difficult at this moment to look at the younger guys to step up and make a difference.
“…We`re really excited by the younger players we have and what they can bring us down the line…”
‘…we need a little bit of patience with all the younger players, but that`s why I`m so excited, because every day in training I see the potential of what they can deliver for us in the future.
“I was very happy with our recruitment in the summer and I think it will show, in time, to be very successful.”
As for players coming in and not making the first team. Our first game of this season included Ibe and Cook. With hydeman getting injured just before the season started it may have been three new players starting. I think fitness is a huge key to making the 11.
We are starting to see Mings, King is almost a mainstay and Afobe is now a permanent fixture of the first team. I think we are looking at 50/50 on bad vs good signings but like I said initially I think you have to consider the end game for every transfer. Not everyone should be expected to walk into the matchday squad. Fraser is a good example of a player managed into the squad. – Join the conversation here.
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