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AFC Bournemouth transfer (incoming):
Philip Billing ($19M transfer from Huddersfield): Billing joins Bournemouth after several years with Huddersfield, including the Huddersfield youth system. He wouldn’t make an appearance for the first-team until the 2015 season, but since then he’s been making himself a continually larger part. Billing made 27 appearances for the ultimately-relegated Huddersfield side where he would add two assists to his tally. The 23-year old midfielder averaged nearly 82 minutes per appearance and played well for them. He’s done been locking down the midfield adding nearly successful tackle, 2 successful interceptions, just shy of 2 clearances, 2 shots, and 1 key pass per game. Suffice it to say, he’s been staying busy in the midfield for them and he should be a nice addition to the Bournemouth lineup.
Lloyd Kelly ($15M transfer from Bristol City): Kelly is a product of the Bristol City youth setup. He’s played several times for both the U20 and U21 English National sides. Although young, he made 26 starts for the first team with six additional substitute appearances. Kelly can provide some extra width from the defense. He’s made most of his starts for the club from the 4-4-2 formation, playing as the left-back. He does tend to get forward when the situation allows. Reports have tied Kelly to scouts from almost every Premier League side. At twenty, he is likely being acquired for the potential he brings to the table. It will be interesting to see if he usurps Charlie Daniel’s position immediately or if there is a lead-in period. I’m not convinced this is to improve upon Daniels. This has more a long-term feel to me, with Daniels already 32, and I imagine a rotation between the two for the 2019-2020 season. Several sources have indicated that Kelly is his own limiting factor and that he could work himself into an outstanding Premier League player for AFC Bournemouth. I think AFC Bournemouth will be beyond ecstatic to have negotiated this transfer move with all the other squads interested in him. I believe this is a good move for AFC Bournemouth despite having a decent transfer fee. This should be an excellent acquisition for Eddie Howe to work into the side.
Jack Stacey (Transfer from Luton Town $5M): Stacey was released from Reading so he joined up with Luton Town. In the 2018-2019 season he would make 50 appearances for the League One side including all but the very first match of the season. Stacey comes in on the back of accolades of Luton’s Young Player of the Year. He also had other suitors (like Celtic) but Eddie Howe was, again, able to secure the signature of an in-demand player. He should be an extra valuable addition due to his offensive additions, four goals and eight assists. Only question on my mind is if he can jump from League One to Premier League and have the same impact. Seems like a reasonably priced solid youth prospect.
Brad Smith (Return from loan): Smith returns from a loan with Seattle Sounders FC in Major League Soccer. He was a stalwart for the club during his time there making 19 appearances along with four goals. The left-back was quite consistent among his appearances and was even rewarded with a Man of the Match award. In his role, he provided a good defensive and has the statistics to support this, he also; however, was involved in the build-up play which is reflected by the key pass he would average per game. Smith’s return presents some interesting dilemmas. First, if Smith does get back into the mix right away he’d likely be at a higher probability for injury due to having no offseason. Second, the team just brought in Lloyd Kelly who is expected to challenge for a starting role, at least.
AFC Bournemouth transfers (outgoing):
Tyrone Mings ($25M Transfer to Aston Villa): Mings spent half of the season with AFC Bournemouth although he would only make five appearances in the Premier League. Those five appearances only totaled less than 150 minutes where only two were starts. After featuring minimally, he was sent on loan to Aston Villa where he would become a far more important piece. With the Villains he made 18 starts and performed substantially better. With the Villains back in the Premier League, this is undoubtedly one of the areas that needed to be improved. I think Bournemouth have done well to get $25M from a player that hasn’t started (at least consistently) for them.
Lys Mousset ($12.5M transfer to Sheff United): Mousset made 24 appearances for the Premier League side, but those grossly misrepresent his value. His total minutes played in the Premier League only accounted for 345 minutes and one goal. His role was slightly larger in the EFL Cup and FA Cup tournaments, but was far from highly valuable. He had some very mixed performances when he did actually make the pitch, and it will be interesting to see how he gets utilized at Sheffield United. I think that Bournemouth have done well to get $12,5M for a player that barely stepped out in their jersey.
Emerson Hyndman (Loan to Atlanta United): Hyndman came to Bournemouth by way of the FC Dallas and Fulham youth systems. After he was released by Fulham, he was signed by Bournemouth. He has spent relatively little time with the team in England having taken detours to Scotland and now Atlanta. He’s been called up to the US Men’s National Team twice, but hasn’t established himself in the AFC Bournemouth first team. I’m interested to see what kind of time he gets in Atlanta.
Connor Mahoney (Transfer Undisclosed to Millwall): Mahoney joined up with Bournemouth in July 2017. Since then, he’s made the rounds with the Championship clubs. So far in two years, he’s gone on loan to three clubs. He played in most of the Championship games for his two clubs. He wasn’t the most consistent but he is still young. This should be a good move for both parties, and the Millwall is getting a good player without the cost.
Marc Pugh (Free transfer to QPR): Pugh has been with the team since 2010 with AFC Bournemouth was in League One. He helped them not only to their Championship promotion but also to the Premier League. After nine years the AFC Bournemouth stalwart will depart the club. He was last on loan to Hull City, although injuries hampered his time there. He will leave after his contract expires at the end of June. His decision is likely motivated by a substantial drop in appearances for the club and his eventual loan-deal after not appearing in the Premier League. Despite his decision to move on a loan deal, he still was only able to secure appearances in 14 matches for Hull City. The club, manager, and fans have all profusely thanked Pugh for his dedication to the club over the last near-decade. It will be interesting to see if Pugh continues to seek club’s or if he will simply retire at the end of the season. Regardless, it’s been a good run, but it looks like the adage “all good things come to an end” is true, yet again. Update: Pugh has now signed a deal with QPR in the Championship.
Last Update: July 27, 2019