Football Season Guide



Milos Kerkez (def) Alkmaar; Justin Kluivert (att) Roma; Ionut Radu (gk) Inter – on loan; James Hill (def) Hearts – end of loan; Emiliano Marcondes (mid) Nordsjaelland – end of loan


Jordan Zemura (sp) (def) released; Jack Stacey (sp) (def) released; Jefferson Lerma (r) (mid) released; Siriki Dembélé (att) Birmingham City; Christian Saydee (att) Portsmouth; Ben Pearson (mid) Stoke City; Will Dennis (gk) Kilmarnock FC – on loan; Mark Travers (gk) Stoke City – on loan; Romain Faivre (mid) Lorient – on loan; Junior Stanislas (sp) (mid) – released; Matías Viña (sp) (def) – end of loan

Coach Scott Parker was dismissedlast August after his team conceded 16 goals and scored 0 in their first three games of the season. Parker expressed his frustration with the club's transfer policy and was replaced by caretaker manager Gary O'Neil, who did a great job and was hired on a permanent basis until the end of the season. O'Neil managed to help the team secure safety with relative comfort against all odds but was replaced this summer by talented coach Andoni Iraola. Bournemouth replaced sometimes starting left-back Jordan Zemura, who was ostracized in the last stretch of the season after refusing to renew his contract, with Alkmaar defender Milos Kerkez. They also signed talented winger Justin Kluivert from Roma and released several squad players in Iraola’s bid to put together a compact squad. Iraola is Bournemouth’s finest signing in offseason. He did a great job in Spain with Rayo Vallecano and offered attractive, high-octane football to fans. He will shift to his preferred 4-2-3-1 formation, where he wants both full-backs and wingers to work tirelessly, moving up and down the pitch. Having invested in young up-and-coming talent from across Europe in Marcos Senesi, Dango Ouattara, Ilya Zabarnyi, Kluivert, Hamed Traore and Kerkez, Bournemouth have provided Iraola with a team that could give him the opportunity to put his attractive, bold and courageous ideas into practice. However, having focused on signing and developing highly-rated young players means that the team lack experienced Premier League footballers who could offer them an extra boost in crucial moments.


Their objective is to avoid relegation and improve their position. If they can manage to do both by adapting to Iraola’s philosophy, they could offer fans and neutrals some great spectacle.