There is no doubt that Eddie Howe will be pleased with how life in the Premier League has gone for Bournemouth since their promotion back in 2015.
Under the Englishman, the Cherries have rarely ever looked like being in real danger of dropping back down to the Championship, even managing to secure a top-half finish a couple seasons ago.
Considering that, now really is the time for the south coast club to push on and start to fight for that spot just outside the top six.
All things considered, it is probably a spot Bournemouth should be challenging for already.
Had Howe not got so many of his transfers wrong in recent windows, they could have so easily been up there now fighting against the likes of Wolves and Watford.
What is done is done, however, and in Howe’s defence, he is now starting to work the transfer market better.
Recent signings David Brooks and Jefferson Lerma have been revelations at the Vitality Stadium this season, while the addition of Kalvin Phillips could also prove to be a good move.
According to Football Insider, Howe has his eyes on Phillips and his Leeds United team-mate Jack Clarke, with the 23-year-old’s versatility making him such an attractive proposition.
As someone who can play both in central defence and midfield, the signing of Phillips would be ideal for a coach like Howe, who uses both a four-man and five-man defence depending on the fixture.
Based on that, Howe looks to be learning from his mistakes, targeting names who will improve his starting XI, rather than a host of squad players and outcasts from big clubs.
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