According to The Sun, Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe is keeping tabs on Manchester City’s Lukas Nmecha, who is currently on loan at Championship side Preston North End.
Despite failing to find the back of the net in his nine starts whilst out on loan, the Cherries’ boss is attracted to the 19-year-old as he feels that he has potential to thrive in his system should he arrive at the Vitality Stadium.
Nmecha, an England Under-21 international, has recorded just a single assist whilst at Deepdale. However, there is the feeling that the forward has star potential and could develop into a great player in red and black just as David Brooks, who coincidentally wasn’t pulling up any trees either whilst at Sheffield United before Howe swooped in, has done.
Just like when Joshua King was surprisingly signed from Blackburn back in 2015, it appears as if the Cherries are targeting players who display the necessary attributes to fit into the system on the South Coast, as opposed to lazily scouting players who dominate the goalscoring charts.
The 6ft striker is a similar type of player to the forward options that Howe currently has at his disposal in Callum Wilson and the aforementioned King. Nmecha is a tall, physically imposing young forward who also possesses pace in abundance, where his runs into the channel stretch defences.
At first glance, he seems tailor-made for Bournemouth. The City academy graduate, whilst possessing the aforementioned attributes, looks to have a clever footballing brain where his close control and vision help bring others into play.
Presently, with Wilson sitting pretty amongst the top scorers in the Premier League and King waiting in the wings with an impressive four goals already in the league as well, it may be difficult for Nmecha to get near the starting XI right now.
However, it is encouraging to see the Cherries boss looking to sign players with the ceiling to improve, and he could easily prove to be their new Wilson if he arrives on the south coast.