Bournemouth surprised a lot of people after they made a big move in the January transfer window of 2016.
Looking to give his squad a boost in their fight for Premier League survival, Eddie Howe managed to recruit Juan Iturbe on loan from AS Roma in a development that brought excitement and plenty of expectation.
— Gary Bennett (@GazBGaz) January 1, 2016
— tom austin (@tommya1988) January 2, 2016
— @AFCBDad Simon Kay (@AFCBDad) January 1, 2016
Iturbe yes plzzzzzzz
— Ridz (@RidzaH17) January 1, 2016
— Luke Ramsier (@IAmLukasJ) January 1, 2016
— (@JDxfoe) January 1, 2016
— Nigel Winship (@nigelwinship) January 1, 2016
Excited by the Iturbe signing. Hope he does well for us! #afcb
— Ed Wooldridge (@eWoold) January 1, 2016
Prior to his transfer to Roma, Iturbe had established himself as one of the most promising youngsters in Serie A after a bright 2013/14 campaign with Verona, explaining all the noise that came with his arrival at the Vitality Stadium.
There, the 25-year-old displayed most of the qualities of a dangerous winger, qualities that saw some dub him as the new Lionel Messi.
Capable of playing on either flank, Iturbe had the dribbling skill and pace to leave defenders for dead during that short stint with Verona.
For whatever reason, though, the Argentine-born Paraguay international was unable to showcase all of that ability consistently at Roma, while he went on to endure an even worse time at Bournemouth once he secured that loan move.
Under Howe, despite everything that was expected of him, the winger made just two Premier League appearances before returning back to the Stadio Olimpico.
Currently playing his football in Mexico with Pumas UNAM, Iturbe’s career has tailed off dramatically with that disastrous loan spell with the Cherries having done him no favours.
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