Why Bournemouth should go all out to sign Yussuf Poulsen in January
After a promising start to the season, Bournemouth are currently going through a very sticky spell. The Cherries have won just one of their previous six matches, including the League Cup quarter-final defeat to Chelsea on Wednesday at Stamford Bridge.
The Cherries are losing their plot and Eddie Howe quickly needs to find a way to arrest his team’s problems. Bournemouth have played some exciting brand of football this season, with the likes of Callum Wilson, Ryan Fraser and David Brooks impressing with their link-up play. But in the last three league games against Liverpool, Wolves and Brighton, Howe’s men have drawn blank twice and conceded six goals.
Callum Wilson has been Bournemouth’s chief source of goals this season, having netted 8 in 16 games. He missed his team’s heavy defeat at home to Liverpool and failed to make an impact from the bench in the 2-0 loss at Wolves. Ryan Fraser and Josh King have chipped in with 3 and 5 goals respectively but that isn’t enough for a team targeting a spot in the Europa League.
Clearly, Wilson requires more support up front and Howe should target a forward in January. To put things into perspective, Bournemouth should make a move for RB Leipzig star Yussuf Poulsen.
Yussuf Poulsen is currently considered as one of the promising young strikers in the Bundesliga. The Danish forward has been in fine form for RB Leipzig this season, notching up 8 goals and 2 assists from 16 league appearances.
Since signing for RB Leipzig from Danish club Lyngby back in 2013, Yussuf Poulsen has been a key player in the club’s meteoric rise in Germany as well as in Europe. In fact, he has been an indispensable element of Leipzig’s attack.
Standing tall at 6ft 4in, Yussuf Poulsen can play anywhere across the attack but he is at his lethal best when unleashed centrally. He is a fast, agile and a powerful striker who has a good eye for goal and is capable of outmuscling defenders in the box. The Dane is very strong in the air and has the awareness and the instincts to lose his marker in the final third.
Not only is he excellent at hold-up the play and being a terror in front of the goal, but Poulsen’s work ethic is commendable too. The Denmark international has the ability to link up with his teammates in the final third, often dropping deeper to receive the ball and initiate attacks. In reality, he has all the attributes to take the Premier League by storm.
Poulsen definitely fits the bill at the Vitality. Bournemouth will suit his style of play perfectly and the Dane will be the ideal player to provide cover and competition for the likes of Callum Wilson and Joshua King.
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Hence, Bournemouth must do everything in their powers to sign Poulsen from RB Leipzig in the New Year.