Twelve months ago AFC Bournemouth agreed on an undisclosed fee, reported to be in the region of £10million with Chelsea for goalkeeper Asmir Begovic.
He was well known at Dean Court having previously joined the Cherries on loan from Portsmouth under former manager Kevin Bond in 2007.
Over the following ten years, he played for Yeovil Town, Ipswich Town (both loans), Stoke City and Chelsea, making over 200 appearances.
At the age of 30, he looked like something of a coup for Eddie Howe and Begovic went on to feature for all 3,420 minutes in the Premier League last season.
He kept his place ahead of former first-choice shot-stopper Artur Boruc, despite playing through an injury and some dodgy form, most notably in December and February.
But finished the season on a high with arguably his best performance of the season in the final home game against Swansea.
With a full season under his belt, Begovic now believes he has the platform to enjoy a better season at Dean Court.
Begovic told the Daily Echo…
“I feel a lot more at ease now. You have to transition first and foremost and take in a lot of information to perform.
“You also have to take in a lot with what goes on behind the scenes and how the club operates and functions. The second season round, all that will be sorted.
“Last year there was a settling in period and I was getting to know how everything worked. Everything is now going to be a lot easier in that respect.”
The Flying Picket wrote…
He hasn’t been our worst player but he has been a big disappointment for me, given how much we forked out for him. He has certainly cost us points. Remember his disastrous slip-up at home to West Ham when he fell over with the ball, and let them get their third goal, and his positioning of defensive walls especially in the last minute away to Leicester takes a lot to be desired. There have been other poor moments as well, which led me to believe during the season he is very much overrated. – Join the conversation, click here.