Saturday, 22 June 2019

Is the jury still out on Lys Mousset?

Lys Mousset signed for Bournemouth in 2016 on a four-year deal which means he has just one more season to make his mark before his contract is up. Eddie Howe faces a decision whether to renew the contract or let Mousset go on a free transfer, unless a team comes in for the player this summer. But do we really know if Mousset can cut it in the Premier League?
Is Lys Mousset coming to the end of his AFC career?
I was astonished to see that Mousset has made 50 appearances in the Premier League. Okay, not many of them are starts, but he has been stacking up the minutes on the field. But as a bit-part player, there is a sense that Mousset is not going to amount to anything more. He has been in and around the first squad for three seasons and for me that's just not good enough if AFCB were making the signing on potential that would eventually turn into a first team regular.

But is that Mousset's fault or AFCB?s I don't know enough about Mousset's character to know if he puts everything into his training and his professional career. We can only judge by what we see on the pitch on a match day, and getting on for 10-15 minutes is difficult at the end of games. If Eddie Howe doesn't see Mousset as the best player to partner with Wilson or King, then it is hard to make a case for keeping Mousset beyond his last year. Solanke is already going to give Mousset a problem in the pecking order and Sam Surridge could also be better than Mousset, if Surridge doesn't go out on loan.

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Whether it is good business to hold on to Mousset is perhaps the question we should be asking. AFCB could reinvest his transfer money on a more prolific striker. Mousset has simply not developed far enough to excite and I fear it is another foreign signing that just hasn't come off for AFCB.

In other news, the Bournemouth Echo reports that Joe Partington has rejoined AFCB in a position at the Academy while still playing part-time for Eastleigh.

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