With the Premier League survival prize fund bigger than ever, staying up is an absolute necessity for any club in England’s top flight. Newly promoted AFC Bournemouth are no different in that respect and the pressure in mounting on young boss Eddie Howe.
Heading into the season, the Cherries were tipped for relegation, somewhat predictably. Being the underdog isn’t something new to Eddie Howe’s side, though, after shocking the Championship by storming their way to promotion last campaign.
With an attractive, easy-on-the-eye style of play implemented by up and coming manager Howe, Bournemouth will always create chances whoever they come up against, particularly at home. They’re an entertaining side to watch and one the Premier League needs.
The shambolic defending that has been on offer so far in the Premier League should provide encouragement for anyone connected to the Cherries. Keep creating chances, like Bournemouth do, and things will turn.
The injuries to key players such as Callum Wilson and Max Gradel certainly didn’t help their cause, but with a January window coming up and Eddie Howe already proven to be a shrewd recruiter in his short time as a manager, the chance to provide a much needed boost and supplement their dangerous attack is on the horizon.
With countless club owners pressing their panic button prematurely, Howe, who’s Bournemouth through and through, should be given the season to establish the club in the most popular league in the world. There’s no real indication that time is running out for Howe, but football is a ruthless, occasionally crazy game, and getting rid of Howe and his philosophy that runs so deep in the club would certainly raise a few eyebrows.
Plenty are writing AFC Bournemouth off already and are tipping them to fail, but is that really new? A run of victories and a good January transfer window could force a lot of people to eat some humble pie. Deeming Howe’s Bournemouth a certainty for the drop is a tough call to make, that’s for sure.
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