AFC Bournemouth have been without their star man Arnaut Danjuma throughout pre-season due to injury – but Cherries boss Soctt Parker revealed the forward may leave the club this summer.
The Dutch winger had an excellent season last year, scoring 15 and assisting 7 in 33 Championship appearances for the Dorset club, but has not featured at all in pre-season.
Parker confirmed the 24-year-old would miss Saturday’s cup tie against MK Dons and elaborated further on the winger’s absence.
The Bournemouth coach said: ”[He] won’t be involved at the weekend again because of his injury,
“He’s on the grass now, he is doing some light fitness work, he is getting closer to being back with the group but the reason he is not involved is because he is injured.”
When quizzed on whether he will ever see Danjuma play for him at Bournemouth, the former England midfielder was honest with how the situation looks and confirmed the club had received – and rejected – offers for the Dutch international.
He continued: “At this moment in time he is our player, like I said last time, if he was fit he would be playing.
“Of course I am not going to sit here and not say is there a chance Arnie leaves the football club – there is – it has been well documented there have been offers for him, which have been rejected.
“I sit here thinking there is a possibility Arnie may be leaving, but I know I sit here knowing that if that offer is not the right offer then Arnie stays here and he will play a massive part in what we do.
“Until we get near that time I can’t be definitive on that.”
What Parker does know is the quality the player possesses and that keeping him at the club is something he would prefer but is realistic, knowing that he may have to prepare his team for a campaign without last season’s top goal scorer.
He added: “Yeah look, he has got quality and I think I have seen that, we have seen that he has quality in the final third, he can score goals, create things from virtually nothing really.
“So of course you always want those exciting, top players around but I also understand where we sit with that.
“So we will have to see.”
If Danjuma were to leave the club then it could provide an opportunity for Jaidon Anthony to stake a claim in the first team.
The 21-year is one of several youngsters to impress during pre-season and will be hoping to start against the Dons after recovering from a broken wrist, which saw the forward sit out of the Chelsea game in midweek.
It is consistency that Parker will be looking for next from Anthony, like all young players it is the next step in solidifying a place in the first team, with Parker saying “that’s the difference” between those who remain with the first team and those that drop back into the under 21’s.