Bournemouth were dealt a massive blow with the news that Lewis Cook could miss nine months of action.
The midfielder sustained an injury during the 2-1 win over Huddersfield back in early December with scans revealing the true extent of the problem. It was revealed that Cook had ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee which could sideline him for six to nine months. Eddie Howe will be devastated as Cook had developed into a key player since joining from Leeds in 2016.
Luckily for the Cherries boss, the January transfer window is less than a month away, and the Englishman will get the opportunity to bolster his midfield options.
One man who should be on his shortlist of replacements is Nimes lynchpin – Teji Savanier. Valued at just £4.5m by Transfermarkt, the Frenchman has been one of the stars of the season in Ligue 1 this season. The midfielder has been a pivotal member of the starting eleven – his excellent showings should prompt Bournemouth to make a move for his signature.
Savanier is the ideal midfielder to replace Cook in the engine room. The Frenchman has helped his side’s cause with two goals and four assists this season – his arrival at the Vitality Stadium could help Calum Wilson score even more goals as Savanier has averaged an incredible 2.6 key passes per game this season. Not only does he have the vision to open up defences, but Savanier is also comfortable beating a man to drive his team forward, completing 2.1 successful dribbles per game. Furthermore, the 26-year-old excels defensively, averaging an extraordinary three tackles and 2.1 interceptions per game – Savanier is the complete midfield package (WhoScored).
The midfielder is only getting better and has all the attributes to be a star on English shores.
Bournemouth fans, thoughts?