The Premier League campaign kicks off in two weeks. Some teams have hopes of winning the title or qualifying for Europe. However, for some teams, just beating the drop to the Championship is their main objective for this season. One of those teams is Bournemouth. Here is the lowdown on the Cherries:
How did they earn promotion?
The Cherries earned promotion last season from the Championship by finishing second in the table. Scott Parker’s team finished second place in the table. The team from the south coast finished with the best defensive record in the second tier. Their goal tally of 74 means that the Cherries were also the second-highest scorers in the Championship last season.
The fact that Bournemouth were so strong in defence last season could be a crucial factor in the Cherries campaign. They were defensively vulnerable in their previous stint in the Premier League under Eddie Howe. In the end, that defensive vulnerability saw them relegated from the top-flight in 2020 after five years.
Who is their head coach?
The Cherries head coach Scott Parker spent most of his playing career in the Premier League. During his managerial career, Parker suffered relegation to the Championship with Fulham while caretaker boss. However, after getting the job on a permanent basis, the 41-year-old helped the Cottagers win promotion on the first attempt, only to suffer relegation in the next campaign.
He left Fulham to join Bournemouth in 2021 and earned the second promotion of his coaching career last season. Parker has undoubtedly experienced a rollercoaster of a managerial career. He will be hoping that his next achievement will be keeping the Cherries in the Premier League and avoid the same fate bestowed on him in his last spell as a top-flight boss.
Comings and goings of summer 2022
The only new arrivals this summer are full-back Ryan Frederiks and midfielder Joe Rothwell joined on free transfers from West Ham and Blackburn, respectively. The Cherries have also been linked with a permanent move for Liverpool’s Nat Phillips, who enjoyed a loan spell on the south coast last season. Tottenham youngster Japhet Tanganga is also being linked with a loan switch too.
Experienced duo Robbie Brady and Gary Cahill have left the club on free transfers. Brady has joined Preston, while Cahill is a free agent.
How will Bournemouth fare in season 2022/23?
Bournemouth are the favourites to suffer relegation straight back down to the Championship. That is not unusual for a newly promoted team. Most Premier League new boys kick off a new league campaign as favourites to suffer the drop.
It is hard to argue with the Cherries status as favourites to suffer relegation. The south coast team impressed in the Championship, but the Premier League is obviously a big step-up. They will have to continue to remain solid in defence if they are to have any chance to bet the drop. The loss of the experienced Cahill could prove to be a big one, as the former England international played 22 times last season.
Without additions to their squad before the start of the season, staying in the Premier League this season is likely to be a struggle for Parker’s team.
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