The season only finished a few weeks ago and already the reality of our success is starting to kick in. We have all have dreams of adding to an already great squad, getting ready for another assault on the Championship play-offs. What do we need? A few quality additions and we will be ready. What happens? The opposite. The first bid of the season sees our top goalscorer on his way to a Championship rival for a measly £3m.
We are not sure what annoys us the most. The fact that we gave Lewis Grabban a new contract and the chance to prove himself and he still wants to leave. Or, the fact that Cardiff has a ridiculous large budget thanks to its TV money and parachute payments.How can teams who haven’t made it to the Premiership compete? But, that’s an argument for another day
Its often said that modern day footballers do not have an allegiance to a club, they are simply thinking of themselves. How true this is is hard to know, but looking in from the outside it definitely rings true. The path that Lewis Grabban has taken shows that even after signing a new contract, he had no real connection to the club. The first sign of a few more dollars and he is ready to make the move to another ‘big’ club. Seems that most of the teams in the Championship were once a ‘big’ club.
“Eddie Howe has built a squad with integrity, skill, talent and a genuine desire to succeed. Obviously Lewis Grabban feels he doesn’t fit into the AFC Bournemouth ethos”
Eddie Howe has built a squad with integrity, skill, talent and a genuine desire to succeed. Obviously Lewis Grabban feels he doesn’t fit into the AFC Bournemouth ethos. And, that is one reason why we never made him our player of the season. Remember what Steve Cook said. He wants to make it to the Premiership but with AFC Bournemouth. This is the calibre of player we want in our team.
The opposite side of the argument is that Lewis Grabban deserves his move. He has earned the right to move on, better himself and improve his career prospects. This is true, but with only one season at the top he has decided to move on. Is he grabbing the money while he can? Was the season just gone never to be repeated or bettered? Do Cardiff have much better prospects than AFC Bournemouth than getting in the Premiership. Maybe, but Eddie Howe has built a squad that has plenty of potential, but I guess Lewis Grabban didn’t believe in his vision.
But, we all know what lies at the heart of our football club AFC Bournemouth – the fans. Players may come and go, but we are here for the long haul. No matter where we are in the league, what we are doing on the pitch we will always love AFC Bournemouth. It just hurts a little that when players move on, especially successful ones, as we expect so much more. But, the breakup will be short and soon forgotten as soon as a replacement is found. Bye whatsyourname