Which Bournemouth players didn’t quite breakthrough at top teams?
Ahead of their home game with Manchester City, FootyOn look at five Bournemouth players who failed to make the grade at bigger clubs.
Saturday lunchtime’s Premier League offering pits two teams with very different recent histories.
Bournemouth host Manchester City at Dean Court and the Cherries have come through the divisions.
Man City spend mega money most summers on big names and this transfer window has been no different under Pep Guardiola.
How has Eddie Howe established Bournemouth in England’s top-flight? He’s had some help from players that didn’t quite breakthrough at top teams.
This contrast in approach leave the Cherries massive best-price 19/2 outsiders with BetVictor for the win.
Man City, meanwhile, are odds-on 1/3 match favourites with Sky Bet and the draw is 19/4 with betway.
Who are these Bournemouth players who failed to make the grade elsewhere then? We’ve picked out five examples…
Arsenal academy product Afobe never made a senior appearance for the Gunners, but was farmed out on loan six times before joining Wolves.
Having more or less averaged a goal every other game at Molineux, Howe snapped him up in January 2016.
Afobe has gone on to score 10 top-flight goals for the Cherries and plays for DR Congo.
Increased competition for places at Bournemouth means he is no longer guaranteed to lead their line, however.
Netherlands defender Ake impressed enough on loan with the Cherries during the first half of last term that Chelsea recalled him in January.
He then played just five matches for the Blues in all competitions before being sold permanently to Bournemouth for a reported £20,000,000.
Chelsea’s poor record of bringing youngsters through into their first-team is well-documented, so Ake is not alone in that.
This left-footed defender can expect a tough battle against Man City where he has to mark Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus.
Deep-lying midfielder Gosling first caught the eye as a teenager in Plymouth Argyle’s run to the 2007 FA Cup quarter-finals.
That alerted Everton’s attention, but he played just 22 Premier League games in two-and-a-half seasons at Goodison Park.
Gosling then switched to Newcastle United, but he turned out just 24 times in the English top-flight for them.
Bournemouth became his home in their Championship promotion season and he’s regularly been in the first-team ever since.
Howe may recall Gosling to his Premier League line-up against Man City after playing the full 90 minutes of a League Cup victory over Birmingham City in midweek.
Norway forward King came through the ranks at Manchester United and was a revelation for the Cherries last term.
A haul of 16 goals in 36 Premier League games was either a fluke or signs of him fulfilling his potential.
If you add up his senior strikes before last season, he scored more then than in his entire career beforehand.
Although the signing of Jermain Defoe may see a shift in the way Bournemouth play up to their strikers, King remains a key player.
Betway offer odds of 7/2 for King to break his duck for this season in the Man City match.
Former Spurs full back Smith was on the London club’s books until 2014 and made just two first-team appearances, because he had seven loan spells away from White Hart Lane.
He then joined the Cherries and has nailed down the right back berth.
This is his fourth full season at Bournemouth and, if he remains a regular, Smith will surpass 100 Premier League appearances.
It’s ironic that Kyle Walker, the obstacle to his progress into Tottenham’s team has now been sold to Man City, but won’t line up against him here due to suspension.
Smith also has fellow Spurs alumnus Charlie Daniels as a Dean Court clubmate down the other flank of defence.
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