Bournemouth’s dream end of January XI

Eddie Howe has been one of the highest regarded managers in the country for several seasons now, and it looks like the Bournemouth boss could be about to splash the cash in this January window.

Having already added several players, Bournemouth are looking to up the quality in their squad as they try to fight off relegation in the first half of 2016. Injuries to Max Gradel and Callum Wilson set the Cherries back earlier in the season, so Howe will be hoping that Benik Afobe can provide enough goals to see the Cherries pull away from the bottom three.

Money isn’t as short at the south coast club as the media may lead you to believe, and Howe is likely to use the end of the January window to tie up any possible bargains and add depth to a squad that could be thin going into the back end of the campaign.

Every club in the bottom half of the table will see this window as a crucial time and Bournemouth will be no different.

Here, including a few potential signings, is an ideal XI for the Cherries by the end of the window..

Artur Boruc

Boruc

Boruc had an indifferent time with Southampton, but the Polish stopper has been significantly more reliable in his time with the Cherries.

He might not be a standout player for Howe’s men, but Boruc is clearly is a wise head behind the defence.

Phil Bardsley

Bardsley

Glen Johnson’s signing at Stoke has seen this ex-Sunderland man become rather marginalised in the Potters’ squad.

His fiery attitude and experience in the Premier League relegation zone would be of assistance to Eddie Howe, even if Bardsley’s competitiveness can make him a liability. Will they move? It remains to be seen…

Sylvain Distin

Distin

The experience of Distin has been a great addition to Bournemouth’s squad, yet the veteran centre-back, at 38, will need replacing at the end of the season.

The Frenchman is winning 3.3 aerials per game and will need to perform at his characteristically high level if Bournemouth are to fight off the drop.

James Chester

Chester

After a pretty appalling move to West Brom, it wouldn’t be a surprise if Chester wanted a move away from The Hawthorns. Pulis, despite investing heavily in the ex-Hull man, has hardly used the defender, so rivals may start sniffing around soon.

Crucially, Bournemouth are in need of further Premier League experience and Chester could provide that.

Charlie Daniels

Daniels

The marauding full-back is a crucial part of how Bournemouth play and has registered three assists in the league already this season.

Daniels’ overlapping play on the left has proved a problem to several sides and he will continue to be a threat in the second half of the campaign.

Matt Ritchie

Ritchie

As Bournemouth’s most talented player, Ritchie has already produced some moments to remember in the first half of the campaign.

A couple of absolute screamers and his all round creative spark have made Ritchie one of the most popular players in the league.

Andrew Surman

Surman

Its not his first spell in the Premier League, but Surman has made a decent impact on his return to the big time. As the midfield controller, Surman has helped keep some stability within Bournemouth’s flowing midfield play.

Surman’s 86% pass accuracy is impressive, but the way he can impose calmness on the whole midfield is more notable.

Dan Gosling

Gosling

This ex-Newcastle midfielder has had a bit of a journeyman career, but he looks to have finally settled into a position at Bournemouth.

Gosling has netted three times this season and is probably safe in his role coming in this window.

Juan Iturbe

Iturbe

One of the coups of this season… Just how Bournemouth nicked Juan Iturbe from under the noses of Watford earlier this window remains unknown.

The youngster has failed to make his mark at Roma, but his potential is without question and he could be a huge positive for Howe’s side in the second half of the season. Considering the previous interest from some of Europe’s biggest clubs, this is a stunning signing from the Cherries.

Ravel Morrison

Ravel Morrison

Ravel Morrison has an impressively bad record with getting on with managers, but if anyone can get the best out of him, it may be Howe.

A poor time at Lazio may lead Morrison to consider a move back to the Premier League and just a brief period of his best form would get Bournemouth away from the threat of relegation.

Benik Afobe

Afobe

With the heartbreak of injury to Callum Wilson, the signing of a striker in this window was almost an inevitability, and Benik Afobe was that mean.

Afobe has already netted his first goal for the club and plenty more are likely to come.

 


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