Friday, 24 June 2016

AFCB said to be on the brink of signing Le Harve forward

AFCB ae said to be on the verge of completing the signing of French U20 international Lys Mousset, according to Squawka. The fee is said to be £7.7m for the Le Harve striker who plays in the French Ligue 2. Is this a signing that is cover for Josh King and Callum Wilson and is it a transfer to suggest that Lewis Grabban is soon to be shown the loan window?

The need for goals will always entice clubs like AFCB to buy in strikers if they feel they can make a difference to the strength of the squad and grabbing young talent before the bigger clubs have had a chance to sign them up seems to be the Cherries' new master plan. While it is likely to be a leap for a player to go from Ligue 2 to the Premier League, I can understand why Eddie Howe would be prepared to take a risk on a player that has high potential (14 goals in 29 appearances), especially when the club Mousset is currently with has had a hand in developing such talent at Dimitri Payet and Riyad Marez.

What I can see is that there is a big gap at the moment between AFCB's U21 players and the first team, and while Hyndman and Mousset could be signings that have the strength and ability already to challenge for places in the first team they also might be seen as players that bridge the gap. This would include players like Bailey Cargill who needs other players around him that are breaking into the first team.

Whether these players get named in the 25 man-squads for Premier League football will be the intriguing matter. If they are then the age profile of the squad is going to start shifting quite quickly unless a few more leaders are also lined up.

Do I think Grabban is likely to be surplus to requirements? I'd say that the odds are narrowing on him finding it hard to find a place in the squad if AFCB retain the services of Wilson, Afobe and King and the Lys Mousset signing does go ahead.

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