Bournemouth Opinion: Cherries should move for Jack Butland this summer
Butland has been in impressive form for the Potters in the Championship this season and has managed 14 clean sheets from 38 appearances.
A youth product of Birmingham City, Butland spent time on loan at Cheltenham Town before being snapped up by Stoke in 2013. The Englishman enjoyed fruitful loan spells at Leeds United and Derby County before establishing himself as Stoke’s No.1 between the sticks.
He hasn’t looked back since then and has taken his career to greater heights, earning 37 clean sheets in 124 appearances across all competitions.
A regular for England at all youth levels, Butland has also won 9 caps at the senior international level and represented the Three Lions at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
However, with Stoke looking set for another season in the Championship, Butland might eye an exit in the summer to join a Premier League club.
Meanwhile, Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe has preferred the 39-year-old Artur Boruc between the sticks in the Premier League since the turn of the year.
Asmir Begovic started off as the No.1 following an impressive season last time around but the former Chelsea man has been relegated to bench duty since January. Towards the end of the January transfer window, the Sun claimed that Begovic was not in Howe’s plans for a first-team spot and the Cherries were willing to listen to offers for the 31-year-old.
Boruc has done a decent job between the sticks but Bournemouth’s interest in Jack Butland definitely makes a lot of sense. The 26-year-old is regarded as one of the best goalkeepers in the country and the Cherries would strike gold by getting their hands on the coveted shot-stopper.
Standing at 6ft. 5 inches, Butland has just the ideal height for a goalkeeper, with his long arms giving him a good reach to keep out shots from all ranges.
The Englishman boasts of razor-sharp reflexes and excels with his composure in one-on-one situations, whilst his ball handling is also of the highest quality. The 26-year-old communicates well with his defenders and always seems to have things under control inside his penalty area.
Butland has made a total of 104 saves from 38 appearances in the Championship this term, 52 of which have come from inside the penalty area including 5 from within the six-yard box.
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Bournemouth have enjoyed a decent run this season but they should look to build on it and aim for better things next season. They don’t have the best of defensive records, having conceded 56 goals from 31 games and Butland’s presence between the sticks should help them improve massively.
Man Utd’s £50m pursuit of this 21-year-old playmaker starring for PL rivals would be a solid move by Solskjaer
Manchester United Opinion: Why Man United should sign David Brooks?
The Wales international, 21, joined Bournemouth last summer in an £11.5m move from Sheffield United on a four-year contract. He enjoyed a fine debut campaign in the top-flight last season, scoring seven goals and assisting seven times and was awarded with a new, long-term deal in March.
David Brooks is the latest name to be linked with Manchester United, who are expected to back Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wholeheartedly in the summer transfer window after a disappointing sixth-placed finish last term. The United manager is plotting a major rebuild of his squad with a particular focus on signing young, exciting and hungrier British talents.
Before signing off for the summer, Solskjaer said he wanted all of his new signings on board and ready to start training when the squad returns on July 1. Yet, the Red Devils have just made one signing so far in the summer transfer window, with Daniel James joining the club from Swansea City.
With Paul Pogba and Romelu Lukaku declaring their desires to leave Old Trafford this summer, David De Gea out of contract next summer and yet to sign a contract extension and the likes of Ander Herrera and Antonio Valencia have released by the club, further additions of the requisite quality are the need of the hour.
Things must change thick and fast for United and they must not hesitate in splashing the cash to sign David Brooks from Bournemouth. The Welshman impressed in his debut season with the Cherries and could be the player to improve United’s attack next season.
A technically gifted and tactically versatile player, the 21-year-old caught the eye with his work-rate, energy and versatility—playing in the no.10 role, out wide and in a deeper midfield role. That’s exactly what makes Brooks so valuable, as the 21-year-old can fill in at any attacking role very effectively. The no.10 role allows him to assert his creative dominance on the field, helping link the play with midfield and attack.
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The ex-Sheffield United man is excellent from dead-ball situations and has a hammer of a left foot with which he can score long-range screamers. He is only 21 and is a very exciting talent, who has massive potential to develop.
Manchester United have a rich history of nurturing young talents into world beaters and Brooks—a boyhood Red Devil—might see this as an opportunity to help the club take back to where they belong. Even if Bournemouth aren’t willing to let go of the Welshman, Solskjaer and co. must do everything possible to lure him away to Old Trafford.
Bournemouth rekindling interest in this 27-year-old defender would enable Howe to reinforce right-back unit
Bournemouth Opinion: Why the Cherries should go for Kenny Lala?
Back in June 2018, France Football claimed that Bournemouth were interested in signing Strasbourg right-back, Kenny Lala. However, a move didn’t materialise and the Frenchman stayed with Strasbourg.
Kenny Lala, 27, enjoyed an excellent campaign in Ligue 1, scoring five goals and supplying nine assists in 34 games. He was key in his side’s comfortable 11th placed finish this season and at 27, Lala is at the perfect age to try and test himself in a more competitive league.
The Premier League would be the ideal destination for the Frenchman and thus, Bournemouth must reignite their interest in Kenny Lala.
The Cherries had a decent season in the Premier League as they finished 14th in the table. However, Eddie Howe will be highly disappointed, given the start they had enjoyed in the 2018/19. His team has been doing well ever since achieving promotion to the top-flight and the 41-year-old will be eager to improve next term.
Bournemouth are one of the most exciting sides to watch in the Premier League due to their attacking, expansive style of football. But if they are to break into the top half of the table, Howe needs to add more quality to his squad.
So far, the south coast club have signed Lloyd Kelly from Bristol City this summer and after signing a new left-back, Howe must bring in a right-back.
Nathaniel Clyne has returned back to Liverpool after the expiry of his loan spell, while Simon Francis is 34 and slowly edging towards the end of his career. Adam Smith is an option but he spent the entire second half of the last campaign on the left in order to accommodate Clyne. To provide competition and cover to Smith, Howe would do a wonderful job by signing Lala.
A right-back by trade, Lala is equally comfortable playing at right wing-back, right wing and on the left. He possesses really good pace and agility with superb passing and crossing abilities. The Frenchman operates with a lot of intensity and works really hard for the team’s cause. Despite being a right-back, he is a composed finisher in front of goal as well.
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Lala’s biggest strength is his ability to contribute going forward, marauding up the flank with pace and power. But that doesn’t make him a slouch when it comes to defending as he is a clean tackler and doesn’t get beaten so easily.
Lala is the sort of player Bournemouth should be signing to challenge for a top half finish next season. Truly, the Frenchman possess the pace, power, stamina and technical abilities to take the Premier League by storm, whilst being an upgrade on both Smith and Francis.
Norwich City must go all out and beat Leeds United to sign this 20-year-old goalkeeping marvel and this is why
Norwich City Opinion: Canaries should beat Leeds United in the race to sign Mark Travers
According to The Irish Sun, newly-promoted outfit, Norwich City and Championship promotion-hopefuls Leeds United are ready to go head-to-head in a transfer tug of war over Bournemouth goalkeeper Mark Travers in the summer window.
The 20-year-old Irishman made his first-team bow for the Cherries against Spurs this past season and caught the eye with some marvellous saves in his very first game for the club, as Bournemouth got the better of the North Londoners for the first time in their history.
Travers became the first ever teenage goalkeeper since Joe Hart in 2006 to start a Premier League game and his incredible debut earned him his second start in the final game of the season against Crystal Palace, although the Cherries suffered a 5-3 defeat away from home.
The 20-year-old is yet to learn what kind of a role he is set to play next at the Vitality Stadium next season but it is understood that Bournemouth could ideally be looking to loan him out in order to gain more first-team experience. (h/t Irish Sun)
Travers has two years left on his current contract, and while the Cherries are likely to hand him fresh and improved terms in the coming days, the youngster has already attracted interest from Norwich and Leeds, who are ready to take him on loan. (h/t Irish Sun)
The 20-year-old Maynooth-born shot-stopper has represented the Republic of Ireland at all youth levels from U-16 to U-21 and his promising Premier League debut earned him a call-up to Mick McCarthy’s senior international side in March, although he is yet to make his senior debut.
Travers played for Irish clubs Lucan United, Cherry Orchard and Shamrock Rovers at the youth level before joining Bournemouth at the youth level back in 2016 as a 17-year-old. He spent time on loan at National League South outfit Weymouth in the 2017-18 season before making his first-team against Spurs.
To put things into perspective, Mark Travers is still very young and relatively untested at the highest level but he could still be a decent signing for both the aforementioned clubs. The 20-year-old showed glimpses of his brilliance by registering a clean sheet on his debut against Spurs and it looks like both the clubs are prepared to play a low-cost gamble on him with a loan move.
While Norwich City are apparently looking at Travers as a back-up for No.1 Tim Krul in the Premier League next season, Leeds United could certainly do with another young and promising goalkeeper in their ranks to provide cover and competition for Kiko Casilla and Bailey Peacock-Farrell, given their neither of the existing players has particularly been convincing.
However, the Canaries would do themselves a big favour by getting this deal over the line, as Daniel Farke looks to build a strong enough squad capable of beating the drop in the top-flight.
Krul is likely to retain his role.1 status between the sticks, despite looking shaky at times in the Championship this past season. The Dutchman has a bagful of Premier League experience under his belt with Newcastle United and Norwich should definitely take that into consideration but a young and promising shot-stopper like Travers would certainly keep the veteran on his toes as far as the No.1 role is concerned.
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This is not a move that is likely to create too much noise amongst the fans at Carrow Road but the acquisition of Mark Travers on loan could prove to be a shrewd piece of business for the Canaries.
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