Rico will certainly tighten up the Cherries backline
Eddie Howe and Bournemouth will be aiming to get back to their best ways after enduring a frustrating campaign last time out. A number of Cherries stars failed to produce the goods on a regular basis. Bournemouth endured a stop-start season and manager Eddie Howe will be preparing the team for a stronger start this time around.
The Cherries haven’t done much business this summer, with just one or two going out of the Vitality Stadium. But the club have been linked with Leganes full-back Diego Rico. Reports suggest that Bournemouth have agreed to a £10.7million fee for the player, subject to medical and personal terms.
German outfit Borussia Dortmund were also interested in the left-back’s signature but the Spanish international preferred a move to the Premier League over Bundesliga. The defender is due for a medical this week and is expected to sign a four-year contract at the Vitality Stadium.
Rico came through the ranks of Zaragoza’s youth academy before being shifted to the senior squad in 2012. He then went on to make a total of 106 appearances for the club before moving to Leganes in 2016. The defender made a total of 58 appearances for the club in all competitions, scoring 3 goals. The player was controversially shown a red card in Leganes’ final game of the season last time.
His performances for the Spanish outfit have led the player to receive widespread praise and popularity. He made a total of 26 appearances in the La Liga last season, scoring 2 goals and providing 2 assists. He also scored 1 goal in 5 Copa Del Rey appearances.
The 25-year-old is fast on the ball and likes to charge down the left flank, getting into offensive positions. He’s excellent at whipping in crosses for the attack. Rico is also a committed defender with an impressive work rate. The player is often praised for his ability to run up and down the field showing no fatigue at all.
He’s great at getting into attacking positions and offering support to fellow teammates. Rico averaged 1 shot per game from the left-back position last season, such is the offensive threat he brings to the team. The defender is also strong and agile at the back, rarely seen making mistakes.
While Bournemouth could definitely use a defender like him, Rico would considerably strengthen Eddie Howe’s squad and offer much more depth in the team. As the Cherries look to get back to their best next season, it’s important Eddie Howe makes a few more signings for the club.