Bournemouth’s summer has got off to a flyer, with the Cherries securing Bristol City’s Lloyd Kelly for £13m, furthering their obvious intentions to build for the future. The 20-year-old becomes the Vitality Stadium outfit’s sixth signing in the past three windows and, in the aftermath of Kelly’s arrival, Eddie Howe has summed up how he thinks each has gotten on.
While there was praise for the Spaniard’s fellow summer arrivals – Jefferson Lerma and David Brooks – Diego Rico clearly hasn’t made the desired impact on the south coast.
Well, speaking to Bournemouth’s media this week, the 41-year-old said:
“The three players we signed in the summer I think did really well throughout the season, so Jefferson and David Brooks became regulars in the team, Diego hasn’t instantly played as many games as he’d like but we still believe that he could be a big player for the future.”
As Howe says, Brooks, 21, and Lerma, 24, have been instant successes at Bournemouth, although 26-year-old Rico is seen as ‘one for the future’ – this should be concerning for the former Leganes man, particularly considering the impression Tyrone Mings has made on loan at Aston Villa this season.
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With the gigantic Mings now returning, it could soon be a truly uphill climb for Rico to secure a spot in the first team, particularly if he doesn’t hit the ground running upon his eventual return from an ankle injury suffered in early April.
At a club that places so much importance on bringing in young talent that will shape the future of the club, time is surely running out for Rico to make an impression before another youthful face steps in to succeed Charlie Daniels the way he was meant to when Bournemouth signed him just under a year ago.