Bournemouth fans here in the Football Transfer Tavern admit they are a loyal breed, but surely if someone better becomes available that loyalty needs to go? Right?
Over recent weeks, Phil Jones and Chris Smalling have been rumoured to be transfer targets for West Brom manager, Tony Pulis. The two centre-backs can’t seem to get much game time at the moment, especially former Blackburn man, Jones.
If Jose Mourinho doesn’t come out and say these two players are not for sale, then it will surely invite a host of other clubs to try and tempt them their way. One of those clubs should be Bournemouth.
With the 5th most goals conceded in the Premier League last season, the Cherries’ back line is leaky to say the least.
The signings of Nathan Ake and Asmir Begovic will surely help that, but if manager Eddie Howe can get another quality and experienced centre back, then he should absolutely go for it.
Whilst both of them may be a bit of a stretch financially for the south coast side, Jones will surely be the cheaper one of the two, but that is not to say he isn’t up to the task.
The England international has a lot of Premier League experience, something that could go a long way in helping plug the leaks the back line at the Vitality. Jones is a classic centre back, big, strong and dominant in the air and at 25, still very young and could remain a Cherry for a number of years.
Howe likes to show loyalty to his players and there is nothing wrong with that, to an extent.
The out-of favour centre-half would be exactly the sort of signing that could tighten up Bournemouth at the back while up top the likes of Jermain Defoe and Joshua King will have no problem scoring goals, so who knows where the Cherries could place if they make the move
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