Bournemouth’s current form hasn’t been on par with their last season’s performance but two wins in the last three matches have renewed their hope. There had been a rise in expectations following their meteoric rise in the last campaign but Eddie Howe has failed to recapture the same magic as until the last match, his side was deeply submerged in the relegation zone.
Attack has always been the main strength for the Cherries but that hasn’t been the same case this season as the South Coast club rarely looked threatening in the attacking third. Eddie Howe is likely to dig deep in the transfer market to strengthen his attacking section and according to reports, Bournemouth have taken their interest in the Baggies youngster Tyler Roberts.
The 18-year-old attacker came through the Baggies academy and has been one of the most sought-after youngsters in the English league currently. The 18-year-old is currently with League One club Walsall and his contract runs until the end of this current season.
The teenager turned down the opportunity to extend his stay at the Hawthorns as he rejected a new deal and would be free to negotiate a transfer in January. Predominantly a centre-forward, the 18-year-old can also display his skills on the wing and his movement on the pitch has earned him plaudits.
Despite his high quality, it is very unlikely the teenager would commit his future to the Baggies and therefore it is a very good opportunity for Bournemouth to grab this opportunity. Despite being well stocked, the Cherries have failed to fire all guns blazing and Howe needs some immediate reinforcements in January to ensure his team improve on to their current performance.
Wales manager Chris Coleman is also believed to be an avid admirer of the player and with Euro 2020 qualifiers scheduled to be held next year, Roberts could earn his first senior call-up. The youngster scored on his Walsall debut and has only gone onto better his stats with four goals in eight starts.
It is a very surprising thing that there hasn’t been enough effort from the club to make sure they hold on to the player. He impressed in the pre-season but Pulis decided to send him on loan to gain some much-needed experience. The Baggies will be entitled to a compensation fee should they reach an agreement for the player otherwise it needs to be done with the help of an arbitration process.