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AFC BOURNEMOUTH: How did the Cherries land Wilshere? Can they compete once again?

It was a relatively successful return to the Premier League for Bournemouth last term but a nervy ending saw them finish 16th which has seen manager Eddie Howe turn heavily to the transfer market.

A second straight season avoiding relegation will be seen as a massive success for the Cherries and from the looks of it, things are on the up down on the south coast.

Bournemouth 2016/17

Key signings

Jack Wilshere - from Arsenal on loan

In a move that has shocked many outsiders, England international and one-time Arsenal star Jack Wilshere has joined the Cherries on a season-long loan. After a few seasons blighted with fitness issues, Wilshere wasn't guaranteed much first team football at the Emirates and has turned to Bournemouth in a bid to revitalise his flailing career.

The 24-year-old was once touted as a potential Barcelona or Real Madrid player, and although he has taken a step down by moving to the Vitality Stadium, is sure to benefit from and fully integrate into Howe's playing style.

Jordon Ibe - from Liverpool for £15m

After showing glimpses of brilliance for Liverpool's first team, 20-year-old Ibe plies his trade on the right wing and arrives at Bournemouth for a club-record fee. Undoubtedly a promising talent, Bournemouth fans will be hoping that his enormous potential is fulfilled sooner rather than later.

A nice signing but the wolves will be at the door if he doesn't deliver in the first few months of the season.

Lewis Cook - from Leeds United for

Another potential young gun at just 19 years of age, Cook impressed in the Championship for Leeds last term winning the Football League Young Player of the Year award. He gives Bournemouth a skilled, if still quite young, option in central midfield.

Could learn plenty from Wilshere.

Brad Smith - from Liverpool for an initial

At just 22, Smith has already played international football for Australia on 10 occasions and impressed many last season when stepping into the troubled left-back spot for Liverpool. Solid at the back and intelligent going forward, Smith should become a real asset for the Cherries down the left.

Nathan Ake - from Chelsea on loan

A perennial Chelsea loanee, 21-year-old Dutch defender Ake once again finds himself temporarily at another club. Performing solidly for Watford last season, Ake has plenty of speed and while capable of creating in attack, does get caught out of position on the odd occasion.

Ake is constantly improving though and could really develop into a star defender if given game time with the Cherries.

Can be deployed in a holding midfield role or at centre-back if Howe is in a pinch.

Lys Mousset - from Le Havre for

Coming from the relative unknown Ligue 2 side AC Le Havre, Bournemouth splashed some considerable cash on this French forward as they look to add more scoring power to their game. Managing a respectable 14 goals for Le Haver last season, Bournemouth would love it if Mousset could do something similar this campaign, but realistically, he will take time to find his feet in England's top flight.

Marc Wilson - from Stoke City for

A Republic of Ireland international who managed close to 180 appearances for Stoke over a six-year period, Wilson adds real experience and depth at the back for Bournemouth. Still only 28, the centre-back still has a few good years ahead of him and provides a good option

Also capable of operating at left-back or as a defensive midfielder, Wilson is well aware of the values of the south coast club following a pair of loan spells back in 2007.

Emerson Hyndman - from Fulham for a compensation fee

An American central midfielder released by Fulham, Bournemouth obviously sees something in this 20-year-old who could prove handy down the track. Will likely need a season to develop in the youth side before seeing first team action but there is a lot of upside to the Texas native.

A pair of caps for the USA shows his true potential and has 25 games experience in the Championship.

Other additions

Mark Travers, Mihai Dobre & Mikael Ndjoli (U21's)

Three promising players with youth national experience under their belt, Travers, Dobre and Ndjoli have all signed with the idea of them being blooded in the Under 21's side for the next year. While they won't be gracing the Premier League this season , expect big things in the future from this trio.


Even without having the sensational scoop of Wilshere, Bournemouth's transfer window was already shaping up as a successful one. A nice mixture of youth and experience, the Cherries look set to establish themselves this season and for a few to come if their signings can live up to their potential.

Tribal's Transfer Rating: 8/10

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