AFC Bournemouth are a club building for the future under Eddie Howe, and should you step up to the touchline at the Vitality Stadium the board will want the same from you.
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In your first season in charge, expectations are kept very low, with the south coast side happy to finish in the middle of the Premier League pack and reach the Round of 16 in the FA Cup.
Should you scout an under 20 with above-average potential, too, they’d be happy, but this is the lowest demand placed on you so ignoring it will have no negative effects on your record.
Being a club of Bournemouth’s size, the transfer budget on offer is actually very respectable. The Cherries offer £41.6million with a £120,000 wage allocation, meaning solid additions are easily made.
One thing to consider though, is that the board would like you to reduce the weekly expenditure by £8k. Again, however, this is low-level criteria so feel free to prioritise signings over the budget if you desire.
Take the south coast job and you will be gifted with a defensive ace in Nathan Ake, but partner the Dutchman with SL Benfica’s Ruben Dias and you will have a brick wall in front of the goal.
The 21-year-old is currently earning peanuts in his native Portugal – making £8.8k a week – and has mega stats for his age, with 81 heading accuracy, 80 stand tackle and 78 strength, met by a potential rating of 85.
Another defensive option to consider is RB Leipzig’s Nordi Mukiele. The French Under 21 international of DR Congolese descent is a future star in the making, with an initial rating of 77 and a potential rating of 86, and can slot in at right or central defence,
The 21-year-old has a £19.9million release clause, and would be a perfect addition to your side as Adam Smith’s eventual replacement. Keep in mind, however, his high attacking workrate should you use Mukiele as a centre-back.
For a club of Bournemouth’s size, Asmir Begovic is a stunning goalkeeper to have. But the 31-year-old is nearing the stage of replacing so you should consider a move for Ajax’s shot-stopper Andre Onana.
The 22-year-old will cost around £20million, providing you negotiate from a respectable starting point, but can be a first team starter immediately despite his reasonable wage demands in the £20k region.
With all due respect for a player of Jermain Defoe’s stature, the 35-year-old is no longer a viable striker in the Premier League. His decreasing stats make his inclusion over the likes of Callum Wilson or Josh King questionable at the very least, so look to cash in on someone making £43,500-a-week and demands an important squad role.
Marc Pugh is one of the elder members of the Cherries’ squad at 31, and, like Defoe, would be better shipped off elsewhere so you can focus on younger players, especially in cup competitions – don’t forget that Bournemouth is a long-term project.
A great deal of Bournemouth’s success in moving up the football pyramid can be placed at Simon Francis’ feet, with the 33-year-old a key member of Howe’s side since 2012.
He’s still a great player to have in your squad, too, if you think you can get away with his presence in defence at 33, but you are better off with Steve Cook partnering Ake and cashing in on his £2.4m valuation.
Despite a plethora of players aged 21 or under, only a handful of the Cherries’ youth ranks have fantastic potential and are worthy of your attention.
David Brooks is undoubtedly one of those who does as he’s already a first-team player, despite a rating of just 72. The 21-year-old midfielder can progress to an 85 overall, as either as a wide man or a central attacking midfielder, but you will want to renegotiate his contract early into the season as it holds a £13.9m release clause.
Like Brooks, Lewis Cook stakes a claim for a starting spot in the first team while bearing great potential. Thankfully, he does not hold a release clause so you can rest easy that this young star can stick around for as long as you wish.
Aaron Ramsdale is one of the few Cherries outside of the first-team to develop. He may never be the first name on the teamsheet, but with Artur Boruc 38, you will want to replace him as soon as possible, and Ramsdale is an adequate understudy for Begovic should you choose not to sign a new goalie.