AFC Bournemouth’s January Transfer Window
Posted by Featured Articles | Published on February 19, 2016
As all Bournemouth fans know the injuries to Gradel and Wilson have been quite a blow for us this season. Losing out on our main strike force and two fan favourites. So the January window was the time to re-strengthen the attack we need to stay up in the top flight.
Two almost direct swaps for the winger and striker came with the arrival of Wolves front man Benik Tunani Afobe and Roma ‘Wonder-Kid’ Juan Manuel Iturbe (loan).
Benik was clinical for Wolves and netted 22 goals in 2015, which was 6th most out of all the English league’s players. This was behind Ighalo (30), Kane (27), McCormack (25), Corr (23) and Gray (23). Most were excited by this signing because of his pace, strength and finishing ability, all traits shared with Callum Wilson.
Juan Manuel Iturbe is the signing that excited a lot of Bournemouth and Premier League fans. His pace and dribbling led him to be labelled as the ‘New Messi’. This was a loan deal closed after supposedly being hijacked from Watford. If he impresses at The Cherries then we do have an option to buy for a reported fee of around £16m.
As well as these two new exciting prospects, we brought back Lewis Grabban from Norwich as well as left back, Rhoys Wiggins from Sheffield Wednesday.
Grabban was reportedly bought for £7m. However, rumours suggest that when selling Grabban he left us with a 30% or 40% sell on clause. This means that when he is sold on to another club we receive that percentile of the fee (the same applies when we buy him back). For instance if the clause was 30% we get £2.1m back off the £7m, thus making the fee £4.9m (ignoring tax). Still a high sum for Lewis but it is not quite as hard hitting as £7m. I hope he proves a lot of Bournemouth fans wrong.
With regards to Wiggins, this signing cost the club £200,000. Rhoys had previously been on a Cherries contract 3 times, before his current. This signing did not excite much of the fan base as was hardly seen as a fan favourite. It is clear to see he will be cover for Daniels if anything is to happen until Tyrone Mings is back to full fitness.
Thinking to the future: a forward line of Gradel, Wilson, Iturbe with Afobe in a CF role is very exciting! This is assuming that Iturbe performs.
Overall my personal opinion on the window in a word is ‘solid’. I think we could have done with a good CM as cover for Arter and Surman and maybe a CB too. However, the signings we made were very strong and exciting. We must now see how they play.