Bournemouth 2019-20 season preview

Established: 1899
Stadium: Vitality Stadium
Location: Bournemouth (south coast of England)
Head Coach: Eddie Howe
Nickname: The Cherries
Rival: Southampton
Top-Division Titles: Zero

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Best possible XI:

Begovic
Smith
Ake
Cook
Daniels
Fraser
Lerma
Cook
Brooks
King
Callum Wilson

Key arrivals: Philip Billing (Huddersfield Town), Lloyd Kelly (Bristol City), Jack Stacey (Luton Town), Arnaut Danjuma (Club Brugge), Harry Wilson (Loan, Liverpool)

Key departures: Tyrone Mings (Aston Villa), Marc Pugh (QPR), Lys Mousset (Sheffield United)

Ranking their offseason: They managed to keep hold of both Ryan Fraser and Callum WIlson, so that’s a plus. Although Fraser has yet to sign a new contract and has less than 12 months on his current deal. Losing David Brooks to injury was a big blow, but Bournemouth have brought in young, hungry squad players to boost their numbers. Billing, Harry Wilson, Kelly, Stacey and Danjuma may not be automatic starters but they make the Cherries’ bench a lot stronger. Getting better defensively has been their aim over the summer, and a few decent results in preseason has shown that. 5/10

Star player: Callum Wilson is the obvious choice here. Now a full England international, Wilson signed a new long-term deal at Bournemouth amid plenty of interest from across the Premier League. He scored 14 Premier League goals last season and their flowing attacks center around him. Often dragging defenders out wide, the likes of Brooks and Fraser love to make the most of the space he provides. If Wilson stays fit for another full season, he could easily score 20 goals.

Coaches’ Corner: The longest-serving manager among the PL’s 20 clubs, Howe continues to defy the odds with Bournemouth. Now that they have been in the PL for four seasons they can spend a lot more on new players and he’s done that this summer by bringing in back-up players primarily. His continues to favor young talent and Bournemouth’s flowing style of play is great to watch. That said, shoring up a defense which conceded 70 goals (the third highest tally) last season must be his priority.

PST predicts: Bournemouth always seem to start the season well and then run out of steam in a big way. They’ve almost got sucked into the relegation battle on numerous occasions and the Cherries have to get better at the back. Their attacking unit is befitting of a top 10 club but I think Bournemouth will finish just above the relegation zone this season.

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