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Bournemouth, like quite a few others this season, have been slow to get going in the January transfer window and find themselves very deep in the relegation mix.
Stoke City, Newcastle United, Brighton, Crystal Palace, West Ham United, Huddersfield, Southampton, West Bromwich Albion and Swansea City are all in danger and as for Watford, are they truly safe? I don’t think so quite yet.
With this in mind, I think it’s too early to say Bournemouth, one of the better teams to watch in this division, are desperate for new players to get them out of trouble but a small addition or two may be on the cards. The south coast side are just one point above the relegation zone right now, in 16th place, though that represents a recovery after they started the season terribly.
For what it’s worth, I think Bournemouth will play their way out of trouble anyway as in the modern game, if you keep your nerve and continue to attack, you will get your rewards. Eddie Howe certainly does that.
To be certain though, they may continue to evolve as all teams do, by adding new faces this month and can in partly finance that by selling their much sought after Championship striker Lewis Grabban, until recently at Sunderland on a short-term deal. He is now being hunted by Wolves, Cardiff and Fulham to name three.
This represents how Eddie Howe works; cool under pressure and safe in the knowledge that despite the look of it, his squad is decent and can mix it with anyone. The performances against Everton, Huddersfield and Newcastle for example, perhaps go some way to proving.
With that in mind, a couple of loan or short-term deals for Chelsea’s young stars Charly Musonda and Dujon Sterling, a midfielder and a right-back respectively, may do the trick and would reunite them with £20million man Nathan Ake, who would help them settle in.
Selling Lewis Grabban permanently to the Championship would be wise in terms of giving the player his long-term freedom and creating funds they can use perhaps not now, but crucially in the summer when some proper strengthening will be needed.
Grabban out, Sterling and Musonda in would do for me, although I suspect plenty of Cherries fans will disagree!