AFC Bournemouth Must Replace Key Stars for Serious Promotion Push

Aug 26, 2020, 4:30 PM GMT+1
Nathan Ake
Nathan Ake has already completed his move to Manchester City | Steve Bardens/Getty Images

New AFC Bournemouth manager Jason Tindall promised fans there wouldn't be a fire sale of the club's top talent this summer.

However, Nathan Ake had already completed his switch to Manchester City by that time, with the Cherries getting around £40m for the Dutch centre-back.

Aaron Ramsdale is another notable name to have moved on from the south coast this summer, in an £18.5m move to former club Sheffield United.

Perhaps, especially in regards to Ake, Bournemouth fans expected to lose their best players when they dropped out of England's top flight. There was a great deal of interest in Ake, so a move away seemed inevitable.

But with Ramsdale now also gone, what if the club did cash in on the rest of their best players?

Joshua King, Callum Wilson and David Brooks are three more names tipped to move back to the Premier League this summer, which would leave Tindall with work to do in the buyer's market.

There is no denying the club has stood strong when selling Ake and Ramsdale so far this summer, and have made great pofit on both sales.

Nathan Ake joined AFC Bournemouth in 2017 for around £20m, with the club able to get around £40m for his departure this summer. This is certainly not a cut-price deal for a relegated defender.

The Cherries were also able to get £18.5m for the sale of Aaron Ramsdale, which has split opinion across the fanbase.

Ramsdale joined Bournemouth in January 2017 in a deal worth around £1m. After loan spells, the Englishman was given the opportunity of being the club's 'number one' goalkeeper in 2019/20 - a role in which Ramsdale flourished.

Sheffield United were always going to be looking for a goalkeeper in this summer's window, with the on-loan Dean Henderson set to move back to parent club Manchester United to offer David De Gea some competition.

To get £18.5m for a goalkeeper who has had one season of Premier League experience is fantastic business again from the Cherries.

Mark Travers
Tindall should put his faith in Mark Travers | Harriet Lander/Copa/Getty Images

But will Ramsdale need replacing?

Mark Travers is currently in the goalkeeping department at Bournemouth. The young Irishman has made three Premier League appearances in his career, including an impressive debut in a 1-0 win against Tottenham.

Just like Eddie Howe gave Ramsdale an opportunity, Tindall could follow by giving Travers the chance to make the goalkeeper position at the club his own.

Not only would this say a lot about Tindall as a manager and the fact he would be willing to trust the youngsters and give them opportunities, but it would save Bournemouth money that can be spent elsewhere.

Callum Wilson
Callum Wilson is among the players linked with an exit | Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

The core players that are set to stay at the club have potential to be excellent players in the Championship. These include Jack Stacey, Diego Rico, Philip Billing, Lloyd Kelly and Chris Mepham.

But should key attacking players like Brooks, Wilson and King all leave this summer, it's certainly an area of the squad that will require investment.

For all the good negotiating skills the club are doing for players leaving the club, money needs to be invested on those that will come in and make this squad challenge for a Premier League return.