Category Archives: AFC Bournemouth

Brexit: How will it affect the Premier League?

It comes without surprise that all 20 of the current Premier League clubs were against Brexit in the first place. With Britain set to leave the EU on March 29th, and a ‘no deal’ Brexit looming closer by the minute, what will happen to The Premier League and English football in the future? 

 

The first likely outcome of Brexit on English football is the restriction on the movement of players from Europe to the UK, and vice versa. Players will most likely have to acquire work permits when transferring from The UK to Europe. It is estimated that only 60% of all players in the top flight are UK nationals, so there is major potential of future issues within the league. The clarity of movements in the transfer market may be completely hindered, with it being harder for Premier League clubs to sign European talent, and harder for players with UK citizenship to move to European clubs. Furthermore, with the Champions League quarter finals set to take place just two weeks after the March deadline, and four out of eight teams being from the UK, how will the final three stages pan out?

 

Another potential issue Brexit may reveal regards the 1995 Bosman ruling. The Bosman ruling has made a vital development to football around Europe, allowing players to act as free agents once their contract with the club has expired. The ruling came after three separate legal cases between Jean-Marc Bosman and UEFA, The Belgian FA and Bosman’s club at the time – Royal Football Club De Liege. Bosman won his case at The European Court of Justice in 1995. With the UK departing European jurisdiction, and it no longer being a requirement to follow EU law, UK players could potentially be at risk from a lack of free movement. 

 

The FA has already made a pre-Brexit statement regarding all teams in the Football Leagues. Back in November, they stated that every roster must consist of a minimum of 12 players from a UK background. This could have a positive and negative effect on the league; forcing managers to train with a more ‘British’ based team, leading to further player development and possibly lead to a stronger English, Welsh and Scottish national teams. However, it could lead to a lack of European talent in Premier League teams. Talented players such as Van Dijk, De Bruyne, Sane and Hazard may aim to look at joining major clubs in Europe, to mitigate against the uncertainty that Brexit may bring. Premier League scouts will most likely put their focus on British talent, and the number of European players brought to the top flight could be dramatically reduced. Furthermore, more pressure may be weighted on football academies, as there is an increased need for young English talent. This would lead to the increased development of young English players, the likes of Phil Foden, Jadon Sancho, Marcus Rashford and Callum Hodson-Odoi all generated their success through excelling in their respected football academies. Could Brexit result in a breakthrough for unseen flair?

 

The main question on everyone’s mind is “Can Britain beat Brexit?” Although the outcomes still remain indistinct, it is clear that it could be rough. Lets just hope that it doesn’t tarnish our league and restrict the luminous football we are all so familiar with. 

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Bournemouth should target this out of favour striker

 

Dominic Solanke is a very promising talent in English football. The 20-year old striker has been at Liverpool for less than a year but has become frustrated at the lack of playing time at Anfield.

 

Solanke won the under-20 world cup with England in 2017 and secured a move from Chelsea to rivals Liverpool only to be kept out of the team by free-scoring Egyptian Mo Salah.

 

With his career stalling it’s vital that the young striker gets some regular playing time and a move to a smaller club may be what’s best for Solanke.

 

It’s no secret that there has been a lack of goals for Bournemouth this season and with their top-flight status all but secured a summer move for Solanke may be what Eddie Howe needs. Last summer they brought in veteran striker Jermain Defoe, after his heroics at Sunderland, who has failed to live up to his best scoring just three goals this season.

 

Dominic Solanke could be the key to Bournemouth launching a potential European charge next season. The England striker has only scored seven goals in his professional career so far but with an extended run of games and his brilliant potential, there’s no reason he can’t kick-start his career at Bournemouth.

 

Jürgen Klopp is a keen admirer of Solanke and showed his trust in the youngster by making him the backup striker to Roberto Firmino in Danny Ings’ absence. Klopp even sent out former England bagsman Daniel Sturridge as he chose to keep Solanke around the squad instead. This could mean that Klopp might be reluctant to sell Solanke should Bournemouth make their move which could require a substantial fee. Instead, Eddie Howe may be tempted to take the Liverpool striker on loan which would aid his development and work for both clubs.

 

Do you think Bournemouth could make a move for Solanke? Let us know in the comments below.

Are Wolves set to sign this prolific striker to help fire them to the Premier League?

Its safe to say that Wolverhampton Wanderers are running away in the Championship right now, as they are 12 points clear of second place Derby County and 18 clear of Leeds United who occupy the final playoff spot.

They have amassed 50 goals so far this season, and despite striker, Leo Bonatini being the third top scorer in the league with 12 goals manager Nuno Espirito Santo is still looking to bring in extra bodies to support him. The club have been linked with former player Robbie Keane this week who currently plays his football in India and even though it could be a fairytale return for the Irishman, the club should also look to sign Lewis Grabban.

Lewis Grabban – The striker has been in fantastic form this season for Sunderland netting 12 goals in 20 games, but has cut his loan move from AFC Bournemouth short and it is thought to be the case that the ‘Cherries’ will look to sell the forward this month.

Having already proved he can score goals at this level with the ‘Black Cats’, he would be the perfect signing for Wolves and help share the burden with Leo Bonatini and help secure Wolves return to the top flight.

Wolves fans would you like to see your club sign Lewis Grabben this month? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section…

Stick or Twist?

Its not been the start to the Premier League campaign that AFC Bournemouth would have hoped for so far, losing all 4 of their matches so far and scoring just 1 goal.

Having played both Manchester City and Arsenal respectively in their last two matches, most ‘Cherries’ fans wouldn’t have expected their side to pick up anything from those games when they looked at their seasons fixtures, but would have hoped for some more endeavour especially at the Emirates Stadium this weekend where they were beaten 3-0.

The clubs owner has backed manager Eddie Howe this summer in the transfer market, bringing in proven Premier League players, with the likes of Jermain Defoe, Nathan Ake and Asmir Begovic all arriving at the Vitality Stadium.

Despite those names arriving, the club have so far struggled, and head into what can only be described as a must win game this coming weekend against Brighton and Hove Albion.

After four games of a Premier League season, it would be strange to start talking about managerial changes at clubs with it still being so early on in the campaign, but if the run of defeats was to continue it leaves the clubs owner in a difficult position, as Eddie Howe has worked wonders for Bournemouth but on the other hand the club will want to preserve their Premier League status.

AFC Bournemouth fans do you think he club should stick by manager Eddie Howe no matter what happens in the coming weeks or if you were to lose another few games would you like to see a change? Let us know in the comments section….

Is football for the fans anymore?

It’s been a crazy summer for football this year with some crazy numbers coming from the amount that clubs have spent with Neymar and Mbappe etc. The money from the new Premier League television rights deal is well and truly coming to fruition with Premier League spending and revenues on the up. Even in the Championship spending has increased with Wolves paying 14 million pounds for Ruben Neves (just one player!)

 

With all of this money you would think that this would benefit English fans who follow their teams week in week out right? It couldn’t be more wrong as the price of season tickets are going up and kick off times for matches are set to change for an international audience.

 

So this begs the question do clubs really care about their local fans who pay their money to support them through the good and the bad times?

 

The answer to that question has to be a no. English clubs are charging a monumental amount of money to go to football matches and even when they are there the cost of food and drink is extortionate.

 

Premier League newcomers Huddersfield are the only exception from that statement as their cheapest season ticket comes in at just 175 pounds which is amazing considering the start they have had. In reality Arsenal’s cheapest season ticket comes in at just over 1000 pounds. That is a ridiculous amount of money to expect from a working class fan base.

 

Even in League One Bradford City fans were charged 28 pounds at Peterborough for a pay on the gate match. 28 Pounds for an away game in League One is scandalous and shows the director that English Football has taken.

 

On top of the prices clubs have all gone into the corporate fan bases which gives people the opportunities that most fans can’t afford. An example of this is Manchester City’s new Tunnel Club which offers people the chance to meet players and get up close and personal with the management team in exchange for a hefty price. City have alienated their fan base by taking opportunities away from their traditional working class fanbase and giving them to people who can afford to pay for the privilege. It’s not just Man City who are guilty of this as it can be seen up and down the country.

 

I’m not saying that the people who go to matches in corporate hospitality are wrong because they have paid for the service and fair play to them. Whats wrong is that most English clubs no longer see their traditional fan bases as the most important.

 

Another example can be taken from the recently named Carabao Cup. The third round draw for the competition took place live from China at 4:15 AM (GMT) meaning most British fans were sleeping when their teams draw took place. A spokesman for the FSF said: “In our 2017 national supporters’ survey fans expressed increasing frustration at instances of overseas audiences apparently being prioritised over domestic supporters. Holding the draw in Beijing at that time can only increase the sense of disconnection many domestic fans feel.”

 

Do you think that English Football is losing touch with its fans and becoming corporatised? Let us know in the comments section below…