Sunday, 18 May 2014

Can Burnley tempt Cook away?

It didn't take long for rival clubs to see that the Cherries have a crop of young players that are worth snatching. Burnley are the latest club to show an interest in one of AFCB's players, according to Sky Sports and Sean Dyche looks set to splash out the cash to secure another star performer for the Cherries last season. Burnley had one of the best defences in the Championship, but it is clearly going to need some more recruits to live in the top tier of English football. Cook is only 23 and it is a surprise perhaps that he could be targeted as a possible Premiership player having only just had one season in the Championship, but it underlines how well he and his Bournemouth team mates have been doing.

Steve Cook - a wanted man.
While the Grabban move to Cardiff is by no means a done deal, I can see a transfer to a Premiership club whisked through pretty quickly if Burnley can match Bournemouth's asking price. I suppose Eddie Howe would not want to lose Steve Cook to anyone, but if he is to go then Burnley are a club that he still feels fondly about and would like to feel that he is still thankful for the time he and Jason Tindall had their. That should not mean that AFCB cave in easily though. With only a few days into the transfer window we could already be seeing two of the main first eleven leaving the club and while I expect good money is involved those players will need replacing.
Cook would be a huge loss for the Cherries, but he has just
got better and better under Eddie Howe.
Eddie Howe used 32 players in the Championship last season and while those who played well are likely to come under the spotlight, if AFCB see their best players leave it will make that second season in the Championship a much more difficult. This is perhaps one of the most important summers that the club has had since 2011 when so many of the current players came to the club.


  1. Why do Burnley persistently raid Bournemouth? The first one I remember was Ian Cox and they have been treating us like an Accrington Stanley ever since. This time around they can offer something AFCB can't - a season in the Ps*** before they drop down again and the better players move on.
    My guess would be that the only reason Brighton offloaded Steve Cook in the first place was that impending court case, that might well have been the reason Groves preferred Miles Addison - to reduce disruption when the case came up. I don't know how he handled the pressure of being in court during the week and at Dean Court on Saturdays.

  2. We sign all your players because we are superior to ballmouth.

  3. Why would we pay 3m for Cook never even heard of the guy #worriediftrue

  4. Cringe at the guy who said we're superior, I've heard good things about Cook but 3mill sounds quite a lot of money

  5. Think you'll find it was Eddie Howe who raided you of your players when he came to us..