Bournemouth are comfortably the surprise side of the season so far, as the tiny south coast outfit continues their remarkable footballing story.
If you want to take the Cherries to the next level, then read on to know exactly what’s in store on Football Manager 2019.
With the Cherries flying high under Eddie Howe and, the board demands that you continue their former player’s success with a mid-table finish.
You’ll also be expected to take both cup competitions seriously, with the fifth round of the FA Cup and the fourth round of the Carabao Cup the minimum the Cherries board will come to expect.
You’ll have to be frugal with your spending on the south coast, as Bournemouth have a minuscule budget of £3.6million and allocate £91,000 for wages.
You could always adjust the budget to strengthen your out-right spending further, or ask the board for more, but there is little room to bring in proven Premier League leaders who are in the peak of their career.
Despite the small allocation of funds, the team report when you take charge will tell you the damning story of how strong your squad is. Simply put, beyond the first-team, it isn’t.
One of the weakest areas of your side is at right-back, where there are just three players who could lace their boots for the role, but only the first choice is a serious option as the other two are centre-backs.
Santa Fe’s Juan Roa presents a superb bargain-buy for this position. The 26-year-old has solid defensive stats and is a leader from the back, but, unlike those of a similar value, has years ahead of him and will be a great squad option to have.
Despite the size of the club, Bournemouth have an outstanding option between the sticks in Asmir Begovic, but there is no adequate back-up to allow room for rotation.
He may only play for Dinamo Zagreb, but at £1.4million you cannot go wrong with bringing Dominik Livakovic to the Vitality Stadium. At 23, he’ll also be an option at the club for years to come.
Howe has managed to accumulate a good group of centre-backs at Bournemouth, but good is the best word to describe their attributes.
One serious option to consider is Walter Kannemann, who is a solid athlete with 15 strength, 14 jumping and 13 pace and an excellent defender with 16 tackling, 18 bravery and 16 marking.
All that for not very much, with a valuation of £1.8million.
A great deal of Bournemouth’s success in moving up the footballing ladder can be placed at Simon Francis’ feet, with the 33-year-old a key member of Howe’s side since 2012.
He’s still an okay player to have in your squad to cover injuries, but you are better off with Steve Cook partnering Nathan Ake and cashing in on Francis’ £4.6m valuation.
Marc Pugh is one of the elder members of the Cherries’ squad at 31, and would be better shipped off elsewhere so you can focus on young players, especially in cup competitions – consider that the Bournemouth job would be a long-term project.
Pugh is even valued at £7.5million, meaning you should make a tidy sum to give your transfer kitty a much needed boost.
Dan Gosling is a solid option to have, especially from the bench, but with a £12m valuation he should be seen as a manageable loss to help strengthen the first-team in other areas, especially as there are better alternatives for his role.
David Brooks may already be a key member of the first-team, but the attacking 21-year-old is the player to develop at Bournemouth, as he can become a Premier League great.
Capable of playing on the wing or in the centre, certainly focus on building your side around this young star.
Nnamdi Ofoborh is the top-rated talent in your U23 set-up, and he is only 18.
His age does mean he’ll be a raw talent, but he can develop into a top defensive midfielder with the potential to one-day replace Jefferson Lerma.
Ryan Glover will need a lot more attention than the previous future stars as he is still in the U18s, but he has the potential to become a top player.
His potential may not be as high, but developing the youngster will be a worthwhile investment who can later be sold for a reasonably substantial figure.