Friday, 1 January 2016

Iturbe's loan is a sign of bigger things for AFCB

As anticipated in the last few weeks Juan Iturbe has joined AFCB on loan until the end of the season with an option to move permanently from AS Roma. Having played also for River Plate and Verona there is no doubting the splash that Juan's signing will make and the ripples that it will transmit to other clubs that the Cherries are very keen to stay in the Premier League.

Listing to the interview on HD Player, it is clear that Juan, 22, is himself nervous that the spotlight is on him and for him I hope the fans give him a great welcome and make him feel at home. While he cannot play this weekend (he still needs a work permit) it will be exciting to see him at Dean Court and how he will find it to play in Eddie Howe's team. The ending of Christian Atsu's loan has given a space for the new loan signing and it is good to hear that Juan felt it an easy decision to come to the south coast.

Eddie Howe has made it clear that he does not want to see players leave the club so we will see if this signing makes it even harder for other players to consider moves away from the Cherries. This kind of investment is going to be different to other signings as it is high profile and Juan is a player with the kind of potential that would attract many top clubs.

While Eddie Howe has gone for a mainly British looking squad, there will be a time when the squad undergoes a transformation. Serie A has always been good viewing for Eddie and having brought in Filippo Costa as well last summer, the Italian scouting is certainly coming up with the goods. While I like many fans want to see home talent also come through the Development Squad and Youth Academy it is going to take time for those systems to deliver. Premier League football does not stand still though and the Cherries have acted.  

Hopefully, Juan will enjoy his football at AFCB and will be able to make a valuable contribution. UTCIAD!

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