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Bournemouth: Philip Billing’s exile could help force move

Bournemouth: Philip Billing’s exile could help force move

AFC Bournemouth are interested in signing Huddersfield Town midfielder Philip Billing, though the Championship club’s £17 million asking price has made the Cherries question the deal, according to The Daily Mail.

Huddersfield could find themselves in a situation where they will need to drop that demand though, as they have exiled the Denmark U21 international from the first-team setup.

This has occurred due to comments he made about manager Jan Siewart: “He is special. Real German mentality, little strange. He came in like he had won the Premier League five times, a little arrogant, and I think most of the players lost the respect for him after week one. People could see there was something wrong.”

Bournemouth are expected to make a move for the 23-year-old, though that may be below the £17 million asking price.

Billing may have been unable to prevent Huddersfield being relegated last season, but he did do enough to catch the eye in his 25 Premier League starts and two substitute appearances.

He made 2.7 tackles (per WhoScored), 2 interceptions, 1.5 clearances and 0.6 blocks per game last season, highlighting his defensive contributions.

The Dane’s likely holding midfield partner at Vitality Stadium would likely be Jefferson Lerma, who averaged 1.5 tackles, 1.8 interceptions, 2.8 clearances and 0.6 blocks last season, so there certainly would be a strong element of defence in the engine room.

Billing’s two goals displayed the threat he can carry at the opposite end, with his header against Everton showing the benefit of his 193cm tall frame, while his emphatic strike against Southampton showed his ability to get goals from range.

If he makes the move to Bournemouth he will likely need to improve on his passing, as he made 52 passes per game with a 78.8% success rate – though that could naturally happen as Bournemouth’s average of 47.7% possession and 78.1% pass success rate were marginally greater than Huddersfield’s numbers of 47.1% and 75.8%.

Going off his defensive stats, this would be a good move for Bournemouth, with Billing having the credentials to slot into the Cherries’ midfield well and provide them with a touch more defensive stability, potentially allowing them to operate with two holding mifielders in games against better opposition.

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