With former Poland international goalkeeper Artur Boruc turning 40 next season, it had been widely assumed that at the end of his contract in a few months time Boruc would leave Dean Court and AFC Bournemouth.
During the summer of 2017, AFC Bournemouth purchased Asmir Begovic from Chelsea for a fee reported to be in the region of £10million.
Begovic was seen as the long term option between the sticks and last season played every Premier League game for the Cherries, with Boruc limited to just 6 appearances in the Football League Cup and the FA Cup.
This season continued in much the same vein, with Boruc’s only appearances in the first half of the season coming in the domestic cup competitions.
However, following a dip in form from Begovic, Boruc made his first Premier League start since May 2017 against West Ham United in January 2019.
He has now made 12 Premier League appearances, temporarily dropping out of the side to give Begovic a second chance, only to quickly return following a blunder show from Begovic against Burnley.
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Specifically asked if Boruc could remain at Dean Court next season, AFC Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe told the Daily Echo…
“I think Artur’s shown that he’s got a lot more to give.
“I’ve been really impressed with Artur. He’s trained really well behind the scenes.
“He’s worked incredibly hard at his game. At his age to go a long time without playing to then suddenly be thrust into action, if you’re not looking and doing what you need to do then there’s no way you can perform.
As we’ve seen recently, a fit and motivated Boruc is still a perfectly useful keeper.
Could we get by with Boruc and Aaron Ramsdale next season assuming Asmir Begovic leaves?
Another experienced keeper at the right price fair enough, but is spending mega-bucks on another keeper somewhat frivolous?
Although it would leave us at the mercy of Boruc’s random slumps in form.
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