Bournemouth host Brighton today hoping to snap a run of six league losses in their last seven games.
Manager Eddie Howe will, therefore, hope that his star striker Callum Wilson will be on song in order to find the win. Likewise, Brighton boss Chris Hughton will also hope that his striker Glenn Murray will be able to find The Seagulls a result.
Both strikers are in good form, so let’s compare these two…
Bournemouth signed Wilson in 2014 for a fee believed to be £3m, when the club were still a Championship outfit. He was joining from Coventry City, where he had just had a wonderful season in League One.
He took to life in the south coast very well, spearheading the club’s attack, scoring 20 goals as The Cherries earned promotion to the Premier League.
His life in England’s top division has been promising but largely marred by injury. However, he looks to have put those injury troubles behind him this season, and appears to be one of the leading strikers in the Premier League. He has already scored eight league goals, which is level with his best ever haul in the league, and has earned his first England cap this season. At the age of 26, he looks to be in the prime of his career, and Bournemouth are benefiting.
For such a meagre price, this was very good business.
TT Grade: A
Brighton re-signed Murray in the January of 2017 for an undisclosed fee, after an impressive loan spell during the first half of the season. He scored 23 goals in total that season, as he guided The Seagulls to the Premier League.
In his season and a half in the Premier League, the 35-year-old has scored 20 goals, and has been a very reliable player up front. He already has eight goals in the league this season, and looks to be showing no sign of relenting.
While this was a wonderful deal, the only trouble with it is that he does not have much longer left in his career. It was a short-term deal that has worked, but the club will need to look to the future.
TT Grade: A-
Both Wilson and Murray have similar CVs, as both players have starred in their club’s promotion to the Premier League. Similarly, both players have eight goals this season, so are clearly having very comparable seasons.
Both players were signed for what is believed to be fairly cheap prices, but the one thing that differentiates them is age.
The fact that Wilson is almost 10 years younger than Murray means that this was clearly a better signing, as his future looks very bright at Bournemouth.