The search for Lewis Grabban’s replacement continues and the signing of Junior Stanislas is not the answer but what will he bring to the team?
It would seem goals are not his game. He was at West Ham from 2008-2011 scoring 5 goals in 42 appearances. He them moved onto Burnley where he teamed up with Eddie Howe. How did he get on there? 93 appearances with just a 7-goal return.
WHAT ARE HIS STRENGTHS?
His favoured position is out on the left wing. So that’s left midfield. What will he bring to the left side of the team. Here a few stats from WhoScored.com
His strengths, according to the stats are that he is good in the air and can hold onto the ball. He likes to shoot from distance and like to tackle. Always a bonus for a football player.
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WHO’S HE IN COMPETITION WITH?
The left midfield berth is already well occupied with Marc Pugh and Coulibaly, but the additional competition will make the fight for places an interesting one and it will give Eddie Howe options.
The signing of Stanislas may signal the end, or is that competition, for one of TFTSE’s favourite Bournemouth players, Josh McQuoid. Back to League One Mr McQuid.
Eddie Howe, expectedly, claimed that Stanislias would not regreet the decision. HE said, “”He had a big decision to make with the lure of the Premier League, and I`m sure he would have been given a chance at Burnley, It would have been difficult for him to turn down, but thankfully he chose us and the opportunities we will give him. We hope to give him the platform to play his best football and hopefully our philosophy fits in with him. “With a young family, it would have been difficult to leave Manchester but, having seen all those things, I`m sure it`s a decision he won`t regret.”
All we can say is ‘Welcome to AFC Bournemouth’. The future is bright and future is red and black.
WHO ELSE IS COMING IN?
So, who else is looking to join the AFC Bournemouth party? The latest rumour is that ex-Wigan striker Rakish Bingham is on Eddie Howe’s radar. He’s young, has potential and has yet to score a goal. Do we really another such striker on AFC Bournemouth’s books. We don’t think so, so surely Callum Wilson is still the man for the job, even at £2.5m. Another striker that seems to be on Eddie Howe’s radar is ex-Swindon Town man Simon Cox. The Forest striker is looking to make a move, but his goal return is not exactly enticing. Last season he made 34 league appearances with 8 goals. Will he thrive at Dean Court? Maybe, but can we do better? Yes we can.
Another rumour is that Ishmael Miller, currently a free agent, is interesting Bournemouth. Again not a prolific goalscorer, but he is a good age, 27, and was in good form at the end of last season scoring 7 goals in 12 games. Could we team him up with Rantie or Wilson to create a killer strike force? It might just work.