The last season was the first ever season of Bournemouth in the Premier League and even though most expected them to go down at the end of the season, relegation threat was something the Cherries never had to deal with last campaign. Their League finish was a lowly sixteenth, that does not tell the whole story. Eddie Howe had to deal with persistent injury troubles haunting his key players but still the South Coast club were in the danger zone for just three or four weeks.
It’s the ideal time for the Cherries to build on their last season and cement a strong foundation for themselves in the Premier League. Eddie Howe has been active in the transfer market throughout the summer bringing quality young players. It’s pretty much evident that Howe is looking for a strong squad of young players growing alongside each other and bring a bright future to the South Coast club.
Here are three Bournemouth players to watch out for this season
The reigning Football League Young Player of the Year was snapped up by Bournemouth this summer for £10m. The 19-year-old was the only bright spark for Leeds last season when each and every individual around Cook failed to perform up to their potential. The likes of Gareth Bale and Dele Alli all once boasted the prestigious Football League Young Player of the Year award which Cook achieved last season. The youngster will be looking to show that he can follow the footsteps of the aforementioned players. Cook is someone whom we have to watch out for next season for sure.
The 20-year-old made his move to Bournemouth from Liverpool this summer for £15m. Ibe’s growth had somewhat stalled in his final season at Anfield. The English under-21 international consistently failed to come up with the final product with the Reds. With the Cherries, Ibe will get more first-team opportunities and we have to keep an eye on how the 20-year-old fares under Eddie Howe.
Wilson had a dream start to his Premier League career last season but his happy days were short-lived. The 24-year-old missed a major part of the last season due to a long-term injury and came back in the closing stages and while he was regaining his match-fitness, the season had concluded. The 24-year-old will be keen to impress this time and pick up from where he left off before his unfortunate layoff last campaign.`