When Eddie Howe led Bournemouth to their first season in the Premier League, many thought that they could have a big impact on the division, the optimism is slowly fading. Despite an encouraging start to the season with everyone fit and firing, their season has hit a downward spiral since then and shows very little sign of improving. Eddie Howe and his players also insist on not adapting their style to help change their current position which shows naivety to their current position in the division. Bournemouth are currently making up the bottom three in the league sitting in 18th position and on a seven match winless streak, only picking up one point during this time. They have been unfortunate to lose two of their summer signings to long term injury in Tyrone Mings and Max Gradel. The biggest loss they have had is the long term injury to prolific hit man Callum Wilson who had started the season so well. All three players have suffered knee ligament damage so even if they do return before the end of the season there is a strong possibility that it will be next season before they get the best back out of these players.
Right now the club needs to buy players, going into the season their centre midfield looked extremely short especially with the injury to Harry Arter who is close to full fitness, but the likes of Dan Gosling and Eunan O’Kane are not of the standard to stay within the division. Losing Callum Wilson the team now needs goals, is Glenn Murray the answer? Possibly but surely a new striker should be a priority. The three centre backs Howe has to choose from do not possess any pace and are an obvious weakness to play in behind the back two for the opposition, and at left back Charlie Daniels is consistent but again struggles when called upon in one-on-one situations which at this level can be costly. The club has insisted that a massive spending spree in January is not on the cards but surely with the investment of the Chicago based firm they must be considering a surge in January to help transform the club to compete at the top level. The players they may need to target will be from the championship however they definitely have options available to them.
The QPR frontman will be on the radar for a number of teams at the top level, though with Bournemouth showing an interest during the summer they may just consider themselves as the frontrunners to gain his signature. With the contract of Charlie Austin running out in the summer of 2016 this will be the last opportunity for QPR to make any money from Austin. Bournemouth needs a striker who knows the Premier League and has scored in the Premier League, and after a successful season personally last year for Austin he must be the first choice in this position. Continual links to Bournemouth will no doubt be made from now and January.
The Hull City defender has been in recent speculation to leave the club due to his contract running down, and Bournemouth is a club monitoring this situation. Davies is a player who has played in the Premier League for many years and more importantly has his confidence back, after a poor season last year losing his place in the Hull starting line-up after a string of bad performances. He would bring extra pace and leadership to the heart of the Bournemouth defence and much needed experience, a fee of around 3 million could be what it takes to pinch Davies away from Hull and could be route Eddie Howe goes down to add stability to his defence.
The Lille left back has been a consistent performer for the club for the previous 3 seasons. Regarded amongst the best left backs in France currently a move to Bournemouth may not look the most realistic. The Premier League has had an influx of players joining from France in recent years so a move may not look to bleak for Bournemouth to show a real ambition and get a top left back to the club. The club is likely to keep faith in Charlie Daniels however Sidibe is a powerful player, both defensively and offensively and is certainly an upgrade on Daniels. His versatility to play in the heart of a midfield could also help Bournemouth in their quest to stay up.
The Reading centre midfielder only joined the club in the summer so a move would be highly unlikely, but what a signing he could prove for the club. Norwood began his career at Manchester United but moved in order to play football, and still has a host of admirers from Old Trafford. His ability to keep the ball and dictate a game from the centre of the park is exactly what Bournemouth requires right now, and to add much needed quality to a centre of midfield. Norwood can operate as a holding midfielder or a ball playing midfielder so that ability would be invaluable and watching him play for Northern Ireland over the last eighteen months he has showed he can perform on the biggest stage.
Jonathan De Guzman
The Dutch international was close to joining Bournemouth during the summer in a loan move, so a move again for the Napoli midfielder could be on the cards for the club. Fitness issues could hold Bournemouth back in a move for the one time Swansea man but he would be a welcome addition to the squad. His industry and craft would add more quality to the midfield and would provide more of a goal threat from their midfield. De Guzman can operate as a centre midfielder or in the number 10 role so this would provide options for Eddie Howe. A move could be resurrected once January is upon us.
Some names could be available to Eddie Howe in January, some others to look out for would be:
Jose Enrique at Liverpool, Sandro/Leroy Fer both of QPR, James Wilson (loan) of Manchester United, Aidan McGeady of Everton, Andros Townsend of Tottenham.