Player News - Bournemouth

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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

Harry Arter and Adam Smith are Bournemouth's main absentees ahead of their side's south coast derby clash with Southampton on Saturday.

The Republic of Ireland midfielder has picked up an Achilles problem and will not feature. Eddie Howe also revealed that Adam Smith's recovery from injury is coming along better than expected. There were initial fears that the right-back's injury could have been over, but now Howe has signalled that he could return next week.
Apr 27 - 11:22 AM

Benik Afobe's loan move to his old club Wolves has not yet been made permanent.

Bournemouth moved to quash rumours which had suggested that the striker had completed a transfer to the Championship table-toppers. A report in The Telegraph had said that Wolves were interested in making the deal concrete, whilst one news outlet in Italy claim that a clause in the loan gave Wolves the right to make the loan permanent if they secured Premier League promotion - this has been rubbished by officials at the Vitality Stadium. That said, it would not be surprising if a deal was done in the summer, as the big frontman has made a difference since arriving at Molineux in January, scoring six times in ten appearances.
Apr 27 - 11:16 AM

AFC Bournemouth had no tricks up their sleeves on either side of the ball as they were outmatched by Liverpool in a 3-0 loss.

The Cherries have one of the weaker defensive records in the league, so it was always going to be a tall order to try and go to Anfield and get a result against Liverpool's potent attack. Finding themselves down after only seven minutes, Bournemouth could mount no threat, as the closest they came to scoring was a Ryan Fraser cross that was tapped in by Jermain Defoe but the goal was disallowed for offsides. The defense did their best to contain Mo Salah, but the Egyptian finally got his moment in the second half. Nathan Ake was lucky to avoid further punishment than a yellow card he received for bringing a Liverpool player down as he was bearing in on goal uncontested.
Source: NBC Sports
Apr 14 - 6:56 PM

Junior Stanislas will not feature again for Bournemouth this season.

The winger has endured a frustrating season, where he has made an impact in short spurts before being felled by another injury. "Junior will be out for the season. Whether he will make pre-season or the start of next season we don’t know. We will have to see how his rehab goes," manager Eddie Howe explained. The injury occurred against Watford in GW32, when Stanislas had to be helped off the pitch at the interval. Howe explained that the only fortunate thing about the injury is that his anterior ligaments in his knee, not his cruciate - "the better of the two evils" as Howe put it. He will be a big loss to Bournemouth for the remainder of the season, though at least the Cherries are just two points short of reaching the Premier League status ensuring 40 point mark.
Apr 9 - 10:25 AM

There have been two consistent hallmark of Bournemouth results this season. One is coming from behind to secure points, no team has been better. The other is failing to keep clean sheets.

It has now been eight games since the Cherries kept their opponents scoreless, even though their form since Christmas has been on par with Top 6 teams. Steve Cook spoke about Bournemouth's recent run, revealing his frustration with having to come from behind so much because they have conceded: "I am not a huge fan of the fact we keep having to come from behind to win or draw because I am a defender and it means we are also conceding goals." He added: "It is horrible not keeping clean sheets. You pride yourself on them and we haven’t had one since Chelsea so it seems as if we are not doing our job correctly." Whilst Cook's sentiment is probably genuine, it's unreasonable to expect a sudden upturn in Bournemouth's clean sheet fortunes in the last games of the season.
Apr 9 - 10:05 AM

Bournemouth equalised twice to earn a draw at home to Crystal Palace on Saturday.

Palace had initially taken then lead through Luka Milivojevic, who scored from yet another set piece. Surprisingly though, this one was not from 12 yards, as he slotted a free-kick beyond Begovic. Bournemouth struck back through Lys Mousset, who had come on as a sub before Wilfried Zaha grabbed the lead back with 15 minutes left to play. Another of Howe's subs, Josh King, scored with just a minute of normal time left after he got on the end of Cook's header from a corner. Another win goes a begging for Palace, who sit perilously close to the relegation zone.
Source: BBC Sport
Apr 7 - 12:09 PM

Bournemouth winger Junior Stanislas' injury ravaged season may have come to an end after he suffered a "serious" knee injury on Saturday.

Stanislas was forced from play at half-time in Saturday's 2-2 draw with Watford, and left the stadium on crutches with his knee in a supportive brace. Having missed a lot of the season with groin and hamstring problems, Stanislas will learn the extent of the current knee injury in scans early this week. Speaking immediately post-game, Eddie Howe said: "... we anticipate there is an injury there but don’t know what that injury is. I imagine it will mean time on the sidelines for him. There was no contact and it was an unopposed injury. It was more of a twisting action rather than a contact injury." He went on to praise Stanislas' recent form and lament the likely loss of the player for a period.
Apr 3 - 7:36 AM

Ryan Fraser would rather play on the left wing for Bournemouth, but he's willing to fill in at right-back again if called upon by manager Eddie Howe.

Injuries to Adam Smith and Simon Francis meant that Fraser was thrust into the unfamiliar role for the Cherries at Watford on Saturday, having played in the role for Scotland during the international break. The diminutive winger was marking Tory Deeney, who is much stronger and taller than him, though he was pleased with his shift: "I am not going to be as good as Adam Smith or Simon Francis at right-back but I needed to do a job and I thought I did alright at Watford. I played right-back against Stoke as well and I seem to keep doing it against all the big players!" In the same interview, Fraser pointed out that he has no intention to convert to a defender but he's happy to help his team when a crisis hits. If Simon Francis does not recover, he could play the role again in Gameweek 33 against Palace.
Apr 3 - 7:31 AM

It is still unknown whether Bournemouth right-back Adam Smith will play again in 2017/18.

The versatile player, who can also play on the right side of midfield, missed Bournemouth's dramatic 2-2 draw with Watford on Saturday after sustaining medial ligament damage to his knee. Smith suffered the injury in Gameweek 31 against West Brom in a clash with Jake Livermore. After initially trying to play on, Smith eventually had to limp from the field of play. Ahead of the Watford game, manager Eddie Howe described Smith as a "big miss". Howe was reluctant to put a definite time frame of the player's return, but he did say that he hoped that Smith's season isn't over.
Apr 3 - 7:19 AM

An entertaining game at Vicarage Road went right down to the wire as Bournemouth came from behind twice to draw with Watford.

Watford took an early lead in the tie through Kiko Femenía, who started up as a right winger with Richarlison being dropped to the bench. Kiko volleyed in a Holebas cross from just inside the box. The provider then turned villain, as Holebas pushed the ball with his hand in the box to prevent an opportunity for the Cherries. Josh King punished him from 12 yards. Peyreyra put Watford back on the front foot in the second half but the Hornets were denied three points by a late late Jermain Defoe goal, as the England international pounced on a lofted long ball to put the ball beyond Karnezis. Both teams near survival for another season on 37 points.
Source: BBC Sport
Mar 31 - 12:16 PM

On-loan Bournemouth striker Benik Afobe has hinted at his desire to stay with Championship topping side Wolves.

The 25 year-old moved north during the January transfer window after a frustrating first half of the season as a fringe option in Eddie Howe's squad. He has slowly bedded in again at his former club Wolves, whom he departed in 2016 for Bournemouth. He played a bit-part role as a substitute in his first five Championship games back at the club before scoring when he came off the bench against Leeds. Since then he has three goals in his last three league games for the side on the verge of promotion. Speaking about the future, the DR Congo international said: "We’ve still got eight games to go, those kind of calls (about the future) will be between Bournemouth, Wolves and my agent. I’ll have to sit down with my family but my dream has always been to play for Wolves in the Premier League, so, hopefully, that can happen."
Mar 27 - 9:31 PM

Nathan Ake started in the centre of Holland's defence in Ronald Koeman's first win in charge of the national team.

After spending 90 minutes watching from the bench when England beat the Dutch at Wembley last Friday, Ake played all 90 minutes in the comfortable 3-0 win over European champions Portugal. Ake play as one of three central defenders for his sixth cap. Bournemouth's record signing has been a vital part of Eddie Howe's first team this season. The manager will be delighted to have him back seemingly unscathed after a good experience in Geneva.
Mar 27 - 9:15 PM

Bournemouth's young midfielder Lewis Cook made his international debut on Tuesday night in England's 1-1 draw with Italy at Wembley.

The 21 year-old came on after 71 minutes to replace Man United's Jesse Lingard, becoming the first-ever active Bournemouth player to earn a cap for England's national side. The milestone marks yet another moment in the rapid ascent of the midfielder, who just last summer captained England's Under 20s to World Cup glory. Cook has taken Harry Arter's place in Bournemouth's midfield this season, completing 90 minutes in all ten of the Cherries' PL games in 2018. As a fantasy asset, Cook has not been very productive as he usually occupies the defensive midfield slot ahead of Bournemouth's shaky defence.
Mar 27 - 9:10 PM



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