The Cherries has everything going for them heading in to the Premier League having confidently strode to the Championship title after going unbeaten in their last 13 games. They were the top scorers in the league notching up 50 goals in 46 games, aswell as conceding the least, only 20 goals over the whole season.
It’s Bournemouth first visit to the Premier League and no football fan would begrudge Eddie Howe a shot against the big boys. Howe, described by Gary Linekar as ‘the English special one’ has taken Bournemouth from the brink of extinction to one of the best leagues in the world in six years.
Despite briefly managing Burnley in between spells, Howe’s 2009 Bournemouth survived the dreaded fall out of the Football League which would have resulted in the club having to declare bankruptcy. Howe (37) had little success at Burnley and returned to the club he’d made over 200 appearances for, immediately gaining promotion to the Championship. After a solid 10th place finish Howe masterminded Bournemouth’s entry to the top tier.
Can they survive?
Howe has been busy in the transfer window and has brought in proven Premier League players in Sylvian Distin, Artur Boruc and Adam Federici, aswell as Chelsea loanee Christian Atsu and the club record signing Tyrone Mings. They will need previous record signing Callum Wilson to take his goal scoring form through from last season, the young English striker impressing at Coventry to seal a £3m move to the south coast.
I think Bournemouth have enough to stay in the league. They’ve got a side where most are new to the Premier League and will give anything and everything for the man on the side-line who manages them.