Why Bournemouth Should Sign Bristol City’s Bobby Reid
Talented Bristol City striker Bobby Reid has been linked with Bournemouth in recent days and the race to secure the services of the Championship’s top goal scorer has intensified. Bristol City themselves are keen to keep the striker after Lee Johnson triggered a year extension in his contract.
Bobby Reid is said to be eager to play in the Premier League next season and the Bristol City board will have an almost impossible task on their hands to keep hold of him if they do not make it to the top table.
Bobby Reid currently has 17 goals in the Championship this season, putting him joint top of the goalscoring charts alongside Derby County’s Matej Vydra. The 25-year-old is a pacey and intelligent footballer who can play as a frontman or in the No.10 role.
Having played for Bristol City and Lee Johnson, the move to play under Eddie Howe would make sense. Both managers know how to get the best out of what little they have available to them and they create an underdog mentality at their clubs which Bristol City have used to great effect this season.
Reid came through the Bristol City Academy and the Robins will not want to lose him. However, the lure of the Premier League may be too strong and Bournemouth will be aware that if he doesn’t sign a new contract, he will only have a year left to run on his current one, which will give CEO Mark Ashton more of an incentive to sell.
Bournemouth are once again battling Premier League survival but they are currently 10th in the table with 36 points and can probably count themselves safe for another season. After Josh King managed 16 goals last season, he has only managed 4 this season and their top scorer is Callum Wilson with 7.
Bobby Reid could be the perfect solution to the goalscoring problem at Bournemouth after Jermain Defoe did not have the impact that Eddie Howe would have hoped for. The step up from the Championship to the Premier League is a difficult one and Reid is unlikely to score goals for fun with Bournemouth like he has for Bristol City. But a talented player like him would relish the chance to impress on the biggest stage.