After a successful first season in the top flight, which went largely unnoticed due to Leicester’s heroics, Bournemouth fans in The Football Transfer Tavern cannot wait to see how their side will fair next season.
Eddie Howe opted for a flat 4-4-2 formation last season and it got the job done. However whilst the job may be the same this season, to avoid relegation, Bournemouth’s surprisingly high finish – only 5 points off of 11th placed Everton – the board, players and fans may think something more could be done this time out.
Showing glimpses of real quality last season, there is no reason why the Cherries can’t obtain a higher placed finish, despite many people thinking they may go down. As is the way with football, sometimes you have to mix it up.
A flat 4-4-2 isn’t exactly the hardest tactic to break down and defend against but what about a 4-3-3? More attacking options whilst keeping a solid midfield if the correct players are used, yes there is more risk of a counter attack when going forward which would really completely change the way Howe’s side play but it has to change sometime.
The Cherries’ are never going to establish themselves as a secure Premier League side unless they ditch the safety blanket of the 4-4-2. If Bournemouth do line up with a 4-3-3 in their opening game at the Emirates next season, then all the Cherries’ in the Tavern tonight have been discussing which players would fit in well.
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