Player News - Bournemouth

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Bournemouth added to their opening day win with a 2-1 win over West Ham in London on Saturday.

Maneul Pellegrini introduced a few more of his summer signings to his West Ham side for GW2 and it looked like all the investments were paying dividend by half time. After previously teeing up Chicharito for a good chance, Marko Arnautovic scored a penalty earned by the Mexican to give the Hammers a half-time lead. Callum Wilson saw a good chance turned away by Fabianski before the break too. A shot by Brooks met the same fate after it. In the second-half, Wilson made amends for his earlier miss, scoring a fine individual goal. Steve Cook then put the Cherries ahead with a header from a Fraser free-kick. West Ham pressed on but lacked the cohesion to score again whilst Bournemouth held on for victory. A great start for Eddie Howe's side to 2018/19.
Source: BBC Sport
Aug 18 - 12:00 PM

After missing a penalty against Cardiff in Gameweek 1, Bournemouth striker Callum Wilson is adamant that he won't be afraid to take one next time the Cherries earn one.

Many Fantasy Football managers may have presumed that the Englishman would be stripped of penalty duties after Etheridge denied him, but Wilson's language seems to suggest that he hopes to remain in situ as Bournemouth's main man for spot-kicks. He told the Daily Echo: "I will be putting up my hand and will be the first one there. I never shy away. The sort of person I am, I love scoring goals and making sure I can affect things. I am a confident person so there is no way I will be stepping back next time."
Aug 17 - 12:27 PM

Ryan Fraser and Callum Wilson found the back of the net as Bournemouth secured a 2-0 win over Cardiff City at the Vitality Stadium.

Fraser and Wilson were the key men for Bournemouth as the club won a Premier League opener for the first time in four tries. Following his two-assist and one-goal performance in the pre-season finale, Fraser put in another lively outing and deservedly fired the Cherries ahead on 24 minutes. The winger arrived late in the box to sweep home from a Wilson pass following an attacking move he started. Bournemouth were then awarded a penalty when Wilson was brought down, but his low spot-kick was well denied by Neil Etheridge. The forward, however, redeemed himself with a rolled finish into the bottom corner of the net in stoppage-time. Neither big-money signing Jefferson Lerma or Diego Rico were available, but Welsh attacker David Brooks looked sharp on his debut.
Aug 11 - 2:53 PM

Brad Smith has signed with MLS side Seattle Sounders on loan for the rest of the season.

Smith will remain at the club until July 2019 but Bournemouth do have the option to bring him back to the Vitality in January if necessary. That's probably unlikely though given that Smith has made just five PL appearances since July 2016.
Aug 9 - 6:15 PM

Bournemouth completed the club-record signing of Jefferson Lerma from Spanish side Levante on Tuesday for £25 million ($32 million).

Lerma is a Colombian international who usually plays as a defensive midfielder. He has signed a five-year contract. If add-ons are triggered, the Cherries may have to fork out an additional £3 million. Lerma will not be an option for fantasy managers, as he is an infrequent goalscorer. He hit the back of the net just once in 56 appearances for Levante. Speaking about the move, Eddie Howe said: "It’s been a complicated deal but I am certain it will be worth all the hard work that people have put in to make this happen. Jefferson is an extremely talented player and a very good athlete who will bring a different type of play to our midfield. He has a lot of qualities that will be suited to the Premier League and I’m really looking forward to working with him."
Aug 9 - 6:04 PM

Summer signing Diego Rico will miss the Cherries’ first three games of the season due to suspension.

The former Leganes defender received two yellow cards in his final La Liga appearance, but it was his reaction which prompted the Spanish Football Federation to increase his ban from one match to three. Rico was cautioned for a late tackle on Arsenal forward Joel Campbell, who spent last season on loan at Real Betis, and sarcastically clapped the match official before speaking out of turn to a linesman, earning him an additional two games. The 25-year-old will now have to wait until Bournemouth travel to Stamford Bridge on September 1st to make his competitive bow, meaning he will miss opener against Cardiff City, as well as a trip to West Ham and the visit of Everton.
Aug 1 - 9:09 AM

On July 1st, Bournemouth completed the signing of 21 year-old David Brooks from Sheffield United.

Over two weeks later, he remains the only addition Eddie Howe has made to his squad this transfer window. The highly rated Welshman reportedly required a transfer fee in excess of $13 million. Since his August 2016 debut, Brooks made 37 appearances for the Blades in total, however he completed just four 90 full games in the Championship last term. Brooks is priced at 5.0 in the Official FPL game, which would usually be very encouraging for an attacking-midfielder or shadow striker Unfortunately, given Brooks' lack of first-team experience previously as well as his paltry 3 goals and 5 assists in 30 league appearances (albeit averaging a return every 143 minutes) it is unlikely that he will be a good FPL asset early in the season. I expect him to be slowly introduced to the first team throughout the campaign as Lewis Cook was last season.
Source: SI.com
Jul 16 - 2:56 PM

Adam Federici has departed Bournemouth for Stoke City.

Federici has been a perennial sub-goalkeeper for the Cherries since he signed for the club in 2015. He was an understudy to Artur Boruc and later Asmir Begovic at the club, making just 17 appearances in black and red. He spent the start of last season on loan at Nottingham Forest but that deal was cut short by a complex knee injury. Federici replaces Lee Grant as relegated Stoke City's sub-'keeper, after Grant unexpectedly moved to Manchester United on a free transfer. He may become first choice if Jack Butland departs the Bet365 as expected during this summer.
Jul 14 - 11:29 AM

Andrew Surman has signed a one year contract extension with Bournemouth.

The 31 year-old midfielder is a stalwart of Eddie Howe's Premier League starting eleven, having featured in 25 league games last season. The new contract will keep the former England Under-21 international at the club until June 2020. Earlier in his career Surman made over 100 appearances for Southampton; he is now on the verge of completing his 200th for Bournemouth. "I love playing for this club and have loved my time here so far. It has been a great time to have been part of the club, so to extend my time further is a great achievement."
Jul 14 - 10:51 AM

Bournemouth have rewarded striker Callum Wilson's perseverance and goals with a new contract which will keep him at the club until June 2022.

The 26 year-old is entering his fifth season at the Vitality Stadium, where his 20 goals in his first season were key to promotion and his 19 PL goals over three seasons. Two serious knee injuries blighted his PL career so far but his reputation as a natural goalscorer has still been secured. "I'm delighted to sign. It's nice that the hard work I’ve put in has been rewarded and I'm excited about the future", he said. "During my time at the club, I feel I've developed both physically and mentally. I've progressed and learned a lot about the game and the position I play."
Jul 14 - 10:31 AM

Bournemouth are in the market for a new left-back, with La Liga club Leganes' Diego Rico now in their sights.

Left-back was a problem position for the Cherries in the PL last season as Charlie Daniels failed to match his performance levels of previous seasons whilst makeshift replacements Tyrone Mings, Nathan Ake, and Ryan Fraser struggled. The south coast club initially sought the signing of Celtic's Kieran Tierney but the Scottish champions' asking price of £25m was a bridge too far. Rico, 25, would reportedly be available for £17.5m, his release clause. Rico has been at Leganes for two seasons, where impressive performances have enhanced his stock significantly after he originally signed for just £1 million in 2016.
Jul 14 - 9:38 AM

Benik Afobe will be wearing Wolverhampton yellow for at least another year as the Wolves triggered a clause in his loan agreement to purchase him for £12.5 million

After not hitting the mark for Bournemouth, Afobe bagged six goals in 16 appearances for Wolves. He will offer much needed striking depth to Nuno over the course of the Premier League season. Afobe joins Willy Boly and Diogo Jota in making their loan spells at the Molineux permanent.
Source: Wolves.co.uk
Jun 1 - 1:58 PM

Bournemouth defender Rhoys Wiggins admits he is "absolutely gutted" after confirming he has been forced to retire due to injury.

The 30-year-old has endured three operations, numerous injections and countless hours of rehabilitation having suffered a serious knee injury while on-loan at Birmingham City in October 2016. "I have been battling for the last two years, doing everything possible to get back out there, but my knee just won’t allow me to do so," he wrote in an emotional open letter to the club’s supporters. Wiggins signed on a permanent basis for the Cherries following a successful loan spell back in 2009/10 and was a regular starter before he left to join Championship side Charlton Athletic where his spent three-years plying his trade. Then, after a brief spell at Sheffield Wednesday, Wiggins came full circle and returned to the south coast although he was unable to break into the first-team. He joined Birmingham on a short-term loan deal but was injured in his first start for the club, a setback he never recovered from.
May 25 - 6:19 AM

Bournemouth left it late to complete their comeback to beat Bournemouth 2-1 at Turf Moor on the final day of the Premier League season.

The first half opened up with Burnley on top, but they failed to test opposition goalkeeper Asmir Begovic in the early minutes. Mousset, Daniels and Jack Cork all had efforts for their sides before Chris Wood scored. In truth the Clarets striker probably knew very little about his effort, as Ashley Westwood's shot cannoned off him and beyond Begovic. The home side again dominated the early part of the second half but Bournemouth started to pave a path into the game after the introduction of Jermain Defoe. Minutes after having a penalty appeal turned down, Josh King brought the Cherries back on level terms with a great finish past Pope. In injury time, the substitute made a direct impact on the game, getting behind the Clarets defence and feeding Callum Wilson, who tucked the ball away to earn Bournemouth a last gasp win.
Source: BBC Sport
May 13 - 12:12 PM

Bournemouth are back on track for the end of the season after a 1-0 win against Swansea City at home.

It was Ryan Fraser who broke through with the match-winner for the Cherries with a well-executed free-kick in the 37th minute. After the referee denied to give Callum Wilson a penalty when the forward was fouled at the edge of the box, Andrew Surman rolled a pass off the free-kick to Fraser, whose shot deflected into the back of the net for his fifth goal of the season and his first since January. It was an even better match for the struggling Bournemouth defense who held onto its first clean sheet since a 3-0 win against Chelsea in Gameweek 25, putting the club above the 40-point threshold.
Source: NBC Sports
May 5 - 12:01 PM


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