Friday, 10 June 2016

AFCB's fans wait for transfer market to spark into life

This is certainly the calm before the storm. When Sun journalists are keen to follow Eddie Howe to town to see his wife buy a coffee you know that news is thin on the ground in the transfer rumour mill. At least we will no longer be linked with Jermain Defoe who has signed a new three-year deal at Sunderland and if Michael Carrick was a target he has escaped Eddie Howe's clutches for another year. But should AFCB fans be worried by the lack of activity?

Don't be fooled. Neill Blake, Eddie Howe and Jason Tindall will be extremely busy in trying to get bids for players ready. When you consider that Ronald Koeman has more than £100m to spend this summer and the likes of Pep Guardiola, Jose Mourinho and Jurgen Klopp will probably spend even more it is probably a waiting game that many teams are having to play at the moment until the big guns start splashing out. Whispers are that even Arsene Wenger may open his purse! Still, AFCB usually like to get their business done early so that players can be integrated during pre-season so I don't expect it to be long before the Cherries start to get some bids in.
How many new additions will AFCB bring into their squad this summer?
Of course, Eddie Howe may not want to bring in as many players as the fans might hope for this summer. He has after all spent a lot of dosh in the last transfer window and if the basis of the side can be kept together he won't have to find too many new stars. There is of course some anticipation over which players can secure lucrative transfers from playing at this year's Uefa Euro 2016 competition and it seems crazy but AFCB is a Premier League club that would have the kind of purchasing power to attract players that are performing at that level.

It is the British players though that I expect rate highest in AFCB's tick list for inbound transfers. The club has had mixed success in attracting foreign players that have flourished and unless they are U21 or full internationals it is hard to see how players can force their way into the side now. That means spending big bucks and the risks are greater now than they were in League One of the Championship. It is not about leaping first, it's about getting it right. UTCIAD!

Euro2016: Will Euro 2016 opener be a cracker?

1 comment:

  1. Not the first time I have said this..but last year's transfers werenothing short of disastrous and we cannot make the same mistakes least not in same number

    Tomlon Murray iturbe atsu were never given a chance and playing them for a few games and consigning them to no chance of playing shows something is wrong in player selection in first place

    It looks like grabban may go. .
    And who knows about afObe being a regular when king and Wilson will be first choice.

    It's fine to have a squad of players and competition for places but it appears there is no competition for these players to compere as howe relies on his favourites.

    Whoever is bought they must be given a chance to play and ot be discarded after four or five games

    We spent 40 million last season and I doubt if we got value for money