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The transfer window is the perfect time for the media to go gung-ho, and the best bit is we love it. Who cares if it’s true. Surely, if we believe it enough it will happen.
How do these rumours start? The cleaner at the Emirates overheard one of the waiters talking about a bloke who looked like Ronaldo, talking about buying a house in London. So he must be on his way. A bloke who looks a bit like Messi was seen within half a mile of the City of Manchester stadium. Ex-England international Joe Cole has bought a house in Coventry, Jermain Defoe hates the North (apparently). All these could be true, or they could all be lies.
“Little old AFC Bournemouth managed to sign the ‘Paraguayan Messi’ So, the sky’s the limit”
The Cherries have been linked with just about any player around or under the £15 million mark. Micheal Dawson, John Ruddy, Patrick Bamford, Jermaine Dafoe, Curtis Davies, Steven Caulker, Diego Lopez, Stephan El Shaarway (at least he plays in red and black). And, lets not forget Charlie Austin, he gets linked with about every club outside the top six in the Premier League at least one a week.
WHO SHOULD MAKE WAY FOR AFOBE?
Someone not mentioned on the list is Benik Afobe who is set to sign today. Is he worth £9 million? Is he better than any of the above? Is he better than Lewis Grabban? There is no doubt he doesn’t have any Premier League experience, but he has scored goals in fact 22 in 46 apperances for Wolves. Remember that goal tally? That’s how many Callum Wilson scored in League One and one more in the Championship. This season Afobe has scored 10 goals in 27 appearances. Not as good as Ross McCormack or Charlie Austin.
Whatever we think doesn’t matter, it’s what Eddie Howe thinks and what he thinks he can get out of him. For £9m it is almost certain that he will play, otherwise why buy him. This rasies the question how many strikers do we need and who should leave for pastures new. Eddie Howe seems reluctant to let anyone go but there is only 25 places up for grabs.
So who’s in the firing line? Yann Kermorgant? Tokelo Rantie? Glenn Murray? Lee Tomlin? We think it’s time for Tokelo and Kermorgant to go. Both have had very little playing time and are unlikely to get any. We really want Rantie to succeed but it simply seems he hasn’t got what it takes. We have better options. Kermorgant is a great Championship striker, but he hasn’t had time to prove himself and we think he won’t. even though Howe says he wants him to stay.
Who do you think should move on?