Stay or Go? Deciding Which Players Bournemouth Should Keep and Offload This Summer

Bournemouth secured their Premier League status for another season this campaign, finishing 12th. Eddie Howe has done well to establish the Cherries as top flight regulars and it is testament to his good work that there was an element of disappointment at the club finishing outside the top half.

A lack of consistency throughout the campaign threatened to derail their season, however a good run of form around the festive period went a long way to renewing Bournemouth’s Premier League status. 

The Cherries strengthened well last summer and will have to do the same again prior to the 2018/19 campaign in order to build upon last season’s efforts. 

However, with Bournemouth looking to add players, current squad members must first be cleared out. Read on below to find out who will makes the final cut at Bournemouth for 2018/19…

1. Goalkeepers

Asmir Begovic – STAY – Played every minute of the Cherries’ Premier League campaign and although he is not quite the force he once was, the Bosnian stopper represents a vast improvement on previous first choice Boruc, who was the picture of inconsistency. 

Artur Boruc – STAY – The 38-year-old signed a new one-year contract extension earlier this month and will remain a handy, if not overly reliable deputy to Begovic.

Adam Federici – GO – The Australian failed to make a single appearance this season and looks a long way off first team contention. It would be wise for Bournemouth to let the 33-year-old go and bring in a young stopper who could one day take over the gloves from Begovic.

2. Centre Backs

Nathan Ake – STAY – The Dutchman scooped two player of the year awards after completing yet another stellar season at the Vitality Stadium. The 23-year-old will be key to Bournemouth heading forward.

Steve Cook – STAY – The 27-year-old has been an ever present in the Bournemouth defence this season, clocking up 40 appearances. He will undoubtably be in Eddie Howe’s plans next season, even if the centre back area is one that can be improved upon.  

Tyrone Mings – GO – The injury plagued centre back has struggled for fitness ever since his move from Ipswich in 2015. The 25-year-old managed only 291 minutes of first team football this season, and Howe cannot rely on the defender’s fitness and will likely move him on in the summer.

3. Full Backs

Charlie Daniels – STAY – The 31-year-old completed yet another season of consistent defending. Daniels missed only three games all season and his goal against Manchester City will remain in the minds of many a Bournemouth fan.

Brad Smith – GO – The Australia international has struggled to break into the first team since his £3m move from Liverpool. Smith has made just 11 first team appearances in almost two years and managed only three cup appearances this term, totalling 225 minutes.

Rhoys Wiggins – GONE –  The Welshman has been suffering from a serious knee injury for much of the campaign and sadly had to retire earlier in May.

Adam Smith – STAY – After making the Bournemouth right back spot his own, the 27-year-old missed the end of season run-in through injury, which at the time left fans sweating over whether Premier League survival would be possible without the versatile defender.

Simon Francis – STAY – The 33-year-old club captain is in the twilight of his career but remained an important member of the first team throughout the season. Primarily a right back, Francis also offers cover at centre back which has been useful given Bournemouth’s lack of depth at centre back.

4. Central Midfielders

Lewis Cook – STAY – Has become a key figure in the Bournemouth midfield and was one of the team’s standout performers this season. The 21-year-old looks at ease in a Premier League midfield and his form earned him a well-deserved England call-up, much to his grandfather’s delight.

Harry Arter – GO – The Irishman is at a crossroads in his career. His season has been dogged by injury setbacks and although the 28-year-old regained fitness, he found himself on the periphery of the Cherries team.

Andrew Surman – STAY – The 31-year-old has filled the void in midfield created by the absence of Arter and has done a commendable job, registering 28 appearances. He will be a valuable squad member heading forward.

Emerson Hyndman – STAY – The 22-year-old American made his Premier League debut in Bournemouth’s final day victory over Burnley and although he was withdrawn early on by Howe, the Texan is highly regarded by those at the club.

Dan Gosling – STAY – The Englishman has featured heavily throughout the campaign and his consistency in midfield will remain an asset to the club beyond the summer.

5. Forwards

Ryan Fraser – STAY – Another consistent season for the diminutive Scot, Fraser proved his versatility filling in at wing back for the injured Adam Smith. The 24-year-old’s winner against Swansea made it his most productive season in terms of league goals, scoring five.

Junior Stanislas – STAY – Paul Merson’s pick for Bournemouth player of the season, Stanislas may well have simply been the first player that popped into the pundit’s head because this has been a season blighted by injuries for the 28-year-old. The winger managed just 19 Premier League appearances but prior to his knee injury he was experiencing a rich vein of form.

Marc Pugh – GO – Another who will be departing the club on a free transfer this summer, the 31-year-old has been a great servant to the club, making 309 appearances since signing from Hereford United in 2010.

Jordan Ibe – STAY – The 22-year-old took a while to adapt to life at Bournemouth following his high profile move from Liverpool in 2016. However, this season has been one of improvement and Howe will look to build his side around the likes of Ibe – who made 38 appearances in all competitions.

Joshua King – STAY – Although the striker’s goal return of eight is down on his return of 16 the previous campaign, Howe views King as an indispensable member of his squad and the manager was quick to shutdown rumours linking the striker to a big money move to Newcastle last month. 

Callum Wilson –  STAY – The striker will be happy to finish the campaign with a full bill of health, bringing an end to his injury nightmare which saw him rupture cruciate ligaments on both knees. The 26-year-old has demonstrated that he still possesses the pace that made him so devastating in the Cherries’ Championship promotion campaign.

Lys Mousset – STAY – At 22-years-old the Frenchman still has plenty of room for improvement, but his goal return of just three goals in 29 appearances is an issue. 

Jermaine Defoe – GO – The 35-year-old has been a great servant to the Premier League, but Defoe’s time in the English top flight might well be up. Rangers manager Steven Gerrard is reportedly keen to take the striker up to Scotland.

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