Friday, 28 December 2018

Dofoe on his way?

The Bournemouth Echo reported that Jermain Defoe would have discussions this week with Eddie Howe about whether he would be moving this January having not found first team football at AFCB. It has been almost like a guest role for Jermain being at the club, and while he has honorary status, he still believes he has football in his legs and can contribute, so for him to be sitting on the bench must be sole destroying and I can't blame him for wanting a move.
Jermain's time at AFCB could be coming to an end.
Jermain has made just four substitute appearances in the Premier League this season compared to 24 appearances last season of which 13 were as a sub. He has been sidelined and has fallen behind Lys Mousset in the pecking order.

With a few clubs looking for extra fire-power up front there is no surprise that Defoe believes he can go elsewhere to get some games. That could be at a club like Crystal Palace in the south or even back to West Ham in the capital. Jermain would be welcomed at many Premier League clubs that are in need of more goals.

But my concern is if Defoe does go for a loan period or a permanent transfer out of Bournemouth, it leaves Eddie Howe needing to bring in another striker himself at a time when he has enough problems in recruiting defenders and midfielders in this window. AFCB have a real injury crisis on their hands now with Simon Francis being ruled out for the rest of this season. Managing the gaps is becoming a real strain and comparisons can start to be drawn with AFCB's first Premier League season when it was a real problem to field players in their normal starting positions.

If Defoe does go, I wish him all the best. But finding a replacement with Defoe's Premier League experience is not going to be possible in January.

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