Following the news of Adam Smith’s injury, which will rule him out of action for up to three months, Bournemouth’s full-back options aren’t looking too strong.
To replace the injured Englishman, 33-year-old Simon Francis has come into the team, and whilst he is a reliable performer, his days as a professional footballer seem numbered with his place in the team an unsustainable one.
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The in-form Ryan Fraser has also played there in the past, whilst summer signing Jefferson Lerma can play at right-back if need be.
Elsewhere, only 38-year-old Artur Boruc can provide decent cover for first choice Asmir Begovic in goal, suggesting that the goalkeeping department may also need some reinforcement soon.
Furthermore, David Brooks is perhaps the only player capable of playing in a centre attacking midfield role, so that area could also be looked at by the recruitment team.
When we put the question to Bournemouth fans in a recent poll asking them which area they want to see strengthened, a whopping 67% answered saying that they feel the full-back positions need some investment, as seen in the results below…