Bournemouth have now lost three Premier League games in a row following a 2-1 defeat to Arsenal at the weekend.
The Cherries fell behind after Jefferson Lerma put the ball in his own goal before Joshua King equalised on the stroke of half-time. After the interval, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang beat Asmir Begovic, and the Gunners held on for all three points. Three successive defeats will be concerning for Eddie Howe despite their impressive start to the new campaign.
Bournemouth have a tough run of fixtures with matches against Manchester City, Liverpool, Tottenham, Chelsea and Manchester United scheduled before the end of the year. Howe has the opportunity to strengthen his squad in the upcoming transfer window to improve on their brilliant start and push for a European place towards the end of the season.
One man Howe could target is Monaco playmaker – Rony Lopes. Valued at £25.2m by Transfermarkt, the Portuguese is no stranger to life in England after joining Manchester City’s youth academy back in 2011 from Benfica. Lopes was eventually sold to Monaco, and he has developed into a key player for the French side.
The 22-year-old ended the season with an incredible 15 league goals as well as five assists. However, with Monaco languishing near the bottom of the table, he could be tempted to move back to England in the New Year. Lopes can play right across the forward line and would add even more creativity in the Bournemouth engine room. The Portugal international has all the attributes to be a success in the Premier League and could give the Cherries the boost they need to secure European football.
Bringing the youngster back to English shores would be fantastic for Howe’s men.
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