Why Bournemouth should push hard for Kayden Jackson this summer
According to Sky Sports (h/t East Anglian Daily Times), Championship outfit Bournemouth have had a bid knocked back by Ipswich Town for star striker Kayden Jackson, with new manager Jason Tindall looking to rebuild his squad following the club’s relegation from the Premier League.
As per the report, the exact amount of the bid is unknown. But various sources have claimed that Bournemouth’s offer for Jackson stood between £1-2million. The 26-year-old has also attracted interest from Peterborough United and Coventry City. (h/t EADT)
Born in Bradford, Kayden Jackson started his youth career at hometown club Bradford City but was released after suffering a back injury. He earned a contract with Swindon Town but never made a first-team appearance for the club.
The 26-year-old featured for non-league clubs like Swindon Supermarine, Oxford City, Tamworth, and Wrexham before joining Barnsley, where he failed to make the grade. Jackson eventually shot to prominence with a 15-goal season for Accrington Stanley in League Two, which paved the way for a move to the second tier with Ipswich Town in the summer of 2018.
Jackson managed only 3 goals and 2 assists in 36 Championship appearances during the 2018-19 season as the Tractor Boys suffered relegation from the second tier. But, he redeemed himself with a prolific campaign in League One last time around.
The former England C international bagged 11 goals and 7 assists in 32 league outings for Paul Lambert’s side last term.
Jackson could help Bournemouth’s rebuilding job
Considering that Wilson and Fraser had been the backbone of the club’s attack over the past five years, manager Jason Tindall currently has a massive task on his hands to restructure his forward line with some new signings.
The Cherries no longer have the lure of the PL or the riches that come along with it to attract big names. With that in mind, raiding the lower division clubs to unearth the next gem would be a sensible approach and one that could help them immensely this summer.
Kayden Jackson failed to make much of an impact in the second tier with Ipswich Town a couple of years back. But after an impressive season in League One last time out, the 26-year-old deserves another shot at the Championship after impressing in League One last season.
And he could well be the man to fill the central striker void left by the departure of Wilson at Bournemouth.
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Realistically speaking, Kayden Jackson might not fit the bill as a 20-goal striker in the Championship capable of propelling Bournemouth to a promotion-winning campaign single-handedly.
However, the Cherries are in need of some fresh additions to their attack and Jackson seems to have the quality to fit in as an important squad player for Tindall’s brigade. Having said that, Bournemouth should return with a better offer for the Ipswich Town star before the deadline.