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Bournemouth Preseason Preview

Wednesday, August 8, 2018


Bournemouth Preseason Preview

 


Even though Bournemouth are entering their fourth successive Premier League season, Eddie Howe will be aware that his side will have to improve a lot if they’re to kick-on from their previous mid-table finishes. First up though, the Cherries will have to ensure their survival as the slippery slope in the middle of the table appears to be getting slippier.

 

The biggest improvement will be needed in the goalscoring department. Bournemouth found the net just 45 times last term, which was the 10th highest tally. That record was better than their 12th place finish, but the reality is that Eddie Howe spent much of the season alternating between his strikers Wilson, Defoe, and King to try and find a flow.

 

Bournemouth’s defence wasn’t exactly a weakness, but for certain they will be looking to show their quality by accruing more clean sheets this term. The Cherries had the joint-least in the PL with just six. It’s inevitable with Bournemouth’s philosophy, on which Eddie Howe refuses to relent even against the big guns, that they will concede goals against difficult opponents. However, they need to be tighter against the teams in and around them at mid-table and the bottom half. Going in tandem with the defensive problems was Bournemouth’s lack of consistency last term. They went unbeaten over more than three games just once all season and they managed back to back wins only twice. For a side who would probably hope to snag a Europa League spot if they over-perform a bit, that’s not acceptable.

 

This article aims to look at Bournemouth’s squad to identify any players you should be considering for your FPL team and beyond.

 

 

Goalkeepers

 

 

Asmir Begovic (4.5)

 

The Bosnian scored 112 points last term, mostly thanks to his appearance points (he played every minute of the season) and 111 saves, the sixth highest tally of all players. If Bournemouth manage to improve their clean sheet record, “Bego” would provide fantastic value but until then, you’re best off staying clear.

 

Artur Boruc (4.0)

 

The ex-Poland international is Begovic’s backup. Good value if he has a run starting but other than that he should be avoided. 

 

Defenders

 

Nathan Aké (5.0)

 

Aké made a name for himself in FPL circles whilst on loan at Bournemouth two seasons ago, when he scored three goals in just 834 minutes of play. It wasn’t like that last season as he scored just twice in 3,352 minutes. He had just 18 shots, suggesting that his tally won’t be too different next season unless their set-piece tactics change a lot. 5.0 is too much.

 

 

Steve Cook (4.5)

 

Aké’s partner at centre-back is actually priced very well considering that he is actually the more attacking defender of the pair and thus more likely to rack up points in FPL.

Last season he had 23 shots; all but two of those came from inside the box. From those attempts he scored as many as Aké though – two. Like Aké (17), the majority of Cook’s efforts came off set-pieces (19). He provides better value than Aké, provides the best attacking of all Bournemouth’s defenders, and he should be safer from rotation than the Cherries’ wing-backs, and thus he is probably the best defensive option in Howe’s squad.

 

 

Simon Francis (4.5)

 

Francis is Bournemouth’s more defensive option at right-back though he can play centrally too. He’s an old and steady hand, but I would expect that he will rotate with Adam Smith who is more attacking. In his four seasons in the league, he has never proven himself to be a good FPL asset, notching just a single assist in the last two seasons.

 

 

Adam Smith (4.5)

 

Smith rotates with Francis occasionally, and he finds himself playing further forward on the right side of midfield sometimes too. His minutes have never been consistent enough at Bournemouth to excite managers, but an injury crisis could be a good opportunity for him at some point in the season.

 

 

Charlie Daniels (4.5)

An FPL hero of yore, Charlie Daniels has been Bournemouth’s starting left-back in the Premier League since they made their debut in the division three years ago. 2017/18 was his worst season, which is probably why Diego Rico has been brought to the club. As an attacking asset, Daniels has always been solid with his shots and key passes tallies consistently holding around the high teens and mid-twenties respectively, though it is his defensive frailties that threaten his squad status rather than diminished attacking returns.

 

As Rico is suspended for the first three games of the season, Daniels has a final chance to impress Eddie Howe before the changing of the guard unless he does well enough to postpone it.

 

 

Diego Rico (4.5)

 

Rico signed for Bournemouth for an undisclosed fee this summer from Spanish La Liga side Leganes. There, he wasn’t particularly attacking but he is defensively solid by all accounts. He may improve Bournemouth’s overall defensive record, which may make him and his teammates more attractive but unless that happens then Rico probably won’t be an enticing FPL pick.

 

 

Tyrone Mings (4.5), Jack Simpson (4.0)

 

Mings can be as a left-back or centre-back. Due to injury setbacks, his career on the south coast of England has never really taken off. Simpson has just one senior appearance for Bournemouth so far in his fledgling career. Perhaps with time he will emerge from the shadows as an FPL prospect but for now, he is to be avoided.

 

 

Midfielders

 

 

Ryan Fraser (5.5)

 

Ryan Fraser, the smallest man in the Premier League last season has proven himself to be adept at notching up assists. Four of his twelve fantasy assists over the last two seasons have come from winning penalties with his pace. The other two thirds came from open play. Last season, he began to build his reputation by adding goals to his game. He netted five in all; an average of a goal every four games. He had just three assists. Perhaps his overall returns would have been higher had he not been forced into playing a utility role as a right-back for the last quarter of the season when an injury crisis tore through Bournemouth’s flank. He should be nailed on to start as he can play on either wing, though he would represent a big gamble considering the plethora of talent available at his price point.

 

 

Jordon Ibe (5.5)

 

Ibe is the classic frustrating winger. He shows flashes of brilliance and threatens to merit the extortionate transfer fee Bournemouth paid for his services, and then he goes back to being wasteful on the ball and a bit selfish. This has led to him flitting in and out of Howe’s starting XI. Stick to Fraser.

 

 

Junior Stanislas (6.0)

 

From an FPL perspective, Stanislas is gold-dust but unfortunately his time on the sidelines seems to outweigh his time on the pitch. When he comes back from his latest setback, watch him reintegrate back into the side and pick him up when he is back to his usual goal or assist every two or three games standard.

 

 

Jefferson Lerma (4.5)

 

Bournemouth may have broken their transfer record to sign the 23 year-old Colombia international from Levante, but you shouldn’t be using any of your budget on him. He’s a defensive midfielder who poses little threat to goal and who picks up cards for fun. He received 16 cautions in just 26 league games for the Valencian side last season. Impressively, he was never sent off.

 

 

Andrew Surman (5.0), Dan Gosling (5.0), Lewis Cook (5.0), Marc Pugh (4.5), Harry Arter (5.0), Emerson Hyndman (4.5), David Brooks (5.0)

 

There’s quite a bit of uncertainty surrounding the identities of Eddie Howe’s first-choice central midfielders at the moment. Two of the above selection would be expected to take up the positions whilst a third may feature when Jordon Ibe falls out of favour. David Brooks, the new summer signing up from the Championship looks like a prime contender to take up that role from pre-season.

 

The players priced at 4.5 are unlikely to play all that much and thus they don’t make for discount bargains. The others, even if they play, have never been prolific FPL players in the past except for a bizarre run by Andrew Surman last season.

 

 

Forwards

 

 

Josh King (6.5)

 

Last season, King failed to come anywhere near matching the heroics of the previous campaign when he earned a reputation as an FPL legend by scoring 16 goals from midfield with a purchase price south of £6.0m for most managers.

 

He only got going in the latter half of last season, having spent a lot of the early period dealing with a variety of injuries. Thus I don’t think you should consider his form before February when assessing the Norway England international. In those final four months of the season, King scored six goals in 13 appearances. In those games, he was averaging an attempt every 48 minutes, scoring once every 160; a decent conversion rate. He wasn’t shy with creating opportunities for teammates either, creating five big chances and creating a chance of some kind every 64 minutes. He is also Bournemouth’s penalty taker.

 

With decent early fixtures and a good pre-season behind him (he scored four goals and got one assist; a brace vs. Marseille), King should definitely be in the reckoning for one of your striker slots.

 

 

Callum Wilson (6.0)

 

Callum Wilson has been a strong performer in the PL over the past few seasons, usually scoring in fits and going on long droughts. He starts up front as a striker with King either behind him or beside him. I’d rather spend an extra 0.5 to get a slightly more dependable player who has proven that he can be consistent over many weeks in the league.

 

 

Jermain Defoe (6.0)

 

Defoe is very overpriced this season. He will be a backup unless Wilson gets injured and given his age it’s possible that even then he will need to rotate of have his minutes curtailed. It would be great to see him do well, but it would have to be something special for him to be enjoying an Indian summer so rich that he would come into the thoughts of FPL managers.

 

 

Lys Mousset (5.0)

 

Mousset has lived in the reserves at Bournemouth and never had much of a chance to impress in the PL. He’s not the best value 5.0 forward in the game as it stands anyway, so avoid him in your Gameweek 1 drafts.

 

 

 

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Stag has been providing #FPL Tips since July 2015 and has been a contributor for Rotoworld.com since August 2016. He is a self-proclaimed wannabe fantasy football genius, a student, and die-hard tea enthusiast.

 

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