Bournemouth continued their fantastic start to the Premier League season with a comfortable 3-0 victory against Fulham at the weekend.
Calum Wilson opened the scoring after just 14 minutes, confidently dispatching a penalty after he was fouled by Timothy Fosu-Mensah. Things went from bad to worse for Fulham with Kevin McDonald receiving his marching orders, and David Brooks added insult to injury after the interval with a cool finish. A late second from Wilson ensured the Cherries left with all three points to go just six points behind league leaders Liverpool.
Eddie Howe’s side have been the surprise package of the season so far, delighting their fans with some fantastic performances. The arrival of Brooks, in particular, has been pleasing; the playmaker has made an instant impact since joining from Sheffield United in the summer. Bournemouth should continue their trend of poaching stars from the lower division and move for Leeds United full-back – Tom Pearce.
Valued at just £225k by Transfermarkt, the youngster was tipped for a bright future with the Whites but has failed to make his way into Marcelo Bielsa’s plans so far this season. Pearce has been restricted to just 72 minutes of Championship football under the Argentine’s leadership. Bournemouth should look to take advantage and bring the 20-year-old to the Vitality Stadium in January.
The left-back was in action for England’s U20 side last week and could prove to be an excellent long-term option in the back four. The defender will undoubtedly be tempted to leave the Championship side after watching Brooks develop into a key player for the Premier League side. Howe has a reputation for bringing the best out of young players, as he has done with another former White in the shape of Lewis Cook, and Pearce could flourish under his guidance.
If Leeds are ready to part ways with the academy graduate, Bournemouth should be first in line.
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