AFC Bournemouth January transfers review: How did Eddie Howe change his side?

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How did AFC Bournemouth do in the January transfer window? Nerve Sport takes a look at all the ins and out from a busy window for Bournemouth.

Manager Eddie Howe had hoped, as many managers do, to stay well clear of the winter market.

Yet an ill-timed spate of injuries forced the Bournemouth boss to loosen the purse strings and do some wheeling and dealing that even king Harry Redknapp himself would have been proud of.


Dominic Solanke – After negotiations between Liverpool and Crystal Palace hit a road block, the Cherries wasted no time in stealing in and securing the youngsters signature on a long-term deal for a fee of £19m.

Solanke spent a frustrating 18 months in Merseyside, netting a solitary goal in 27 outings for Liverpool, a record which perhaps masks the quality of the player that the Cherries have landed.

The starlet has already represented England at every age group, scooping an under-20’s World Cup win and player of the tournament along the way, an accolade previously won by Lionel Messi, Paul Pogba and Sergio Aguero to name a few.

The new man certainly faces a tough task in displacing Callum Wilson, but at the ripe age of 21 he certainly has time to do so.

Nathaniel Clyne – Clyne’s arrival left Bournemouth fans delighted and Neil Warnock dismayed as the Cherries secured the defender’s signature from right under the Bluebirds’ nose.

The former Southampton star touted Eddie Howe as a key factor in his decision to return to the South Coast as he looks to leave his recent injury problems in the rear-view mirror.

Clyne will hope to shore up a Bournemouth defence that has kept just 7 clean sheets from 24 Premier League fixtures.

The Cherries had been left threadbare at the back after both Adam Smith and Simon Francis suffered serious injuries, with the latter facing up to nine months on the treatment table.

But Clyne’s arrival on loan until the end of the season will now add some much-needed depth and pedigree going into a busy period of fixtures in gruelling conditions.

Chris Mepham – After courting Mepham for the last two transfer windows the Cherries finally got their man, proving that persistence is key.

The Welshman arrived on the South coast on a long-term deal for a healthy fee of £12m from Championship outfit Brentford.

He adds much needed defensive backup to a Bournemouth side that have succumbed all too easily to attacking pressure on more than one occasion this season.

The Welshman has racked up 48 Championship appearances and four international caps under the stewardship of Ryan Giggs, an impressive resume for a player that is just 21 years of age.

Howe will now be hoping that Mepham can adjust to life in the Premier League as seamlessly as fellow Welshman David Brooks has in his maiden season in the top flight.


Jermaine Defoe – The arrival of Dominic Solanke freed up veteran striker Defoe to move north of the boarder and join Glaswegian giants Rangers on an 18-month loan deal.

New boss Steven Gerrard knows all too well how deadly Defoe can be when on song and will be hoping that the 36-year-old can find his form after making a meagre four appearances for The Cherries this season.

The former Tottenham and Portsmouth hotshot had offers to stay in the Premier League, but instead opted to say goodbye to the English top flight for the second time in his career and link up with former England team mate Gerrard. For Bournemouth, Defoe represents a high earner shifted off the wage bill and will certainly ease the financial burden of Clyne’s arrival from Liverpool.

Marc Pugh – After nine seasons in Bournemouth colours Marc Pugh finally departed the Cherries to join promotion outsiders Hull City on loan until the end of the season.

Pugh’s existing deal expires in June which is likely to signal the curtain-call on an incredible stint at the club that has seen him rack up over 250 appearances and win two promotions.

Despite his admirable loyalty over the years Pugh’s departure was an inevitability, with the winger having only featured on three occasions this season for Eddie Howe’s side.

Ryan Fraser’s stunning form all but ensured a starting spot on the wing is all but unattainable for Pugh.

Tyrone Mings – The left-back arrived at Bournemouth from Ipswich for a fee upwards of £10m with a reputation as big as his physical stature.

Yet injuries and the fine form of ever-present Charlie Daniels has restricted Mings to a meagre 23 performances in a Bournemouth shirt.

He joined an Aston Villa side on loan until the end of the season who are desperate for defensive reinforcements. Mings will hope to reinvigorate a career that was once so promising.

The defender’s departure represented the only bit of deadline day action for the Cherries.

Alex Dobre – The young Romanian forward has joined Yeovil on loan for the remainder of the season after impressing during several first team training sessions.

Dobre enjoyed two successful spells away from the South Coast last season and will undoubtedly be looking to make his mark on the Football League.

Aaron Ramsdale – AFC Wimbledon have secured the services of young Cherries stopper Aaron Ramsdale on a loan deal until the end of the season.

Ramsdale joined Bournemouth from Sheffield United in 2017 and is highly rated for both his distribution and shot stopping throughout the club’s hierarchy.

The youngster was very impressive against top-flight opponents West Ham in Wimbledon’s recent FA Cup tie, making a number of key saves as the Dons won 4-2.

Charlie Seaman – Full-back Charlie Seaman is the latest Cherries departure to head north of the boarder, signing on loan for Scottish Championship side Dundee United.

Seaman is an attacking right-back by nature and has had plenty of game time for the under-21’s this season.

Matt Worthington – 21-year-old Matt Worthington departed Bournemouth for Yeovil on a free transfer after an impressive loan spell at Forest Green Rovers at the start of the season.

The midfielder made one senior appearance for Bournemouth, becoming only the second player to feature for Bournemouth in the Premier League that originated from the academy.

Written by Frankie Rudland (@RudlandFrankie)