The January window has been open for less than two weeks, yet plenty of action has already been seen. Chelsea have been the main spenders with their Christian Pulisic deal, however, Bournemouth have also made waves as they’ve signed Liverpool duo Dominic Solanke and Nathaniel Clyne, and it’s the right-back who’s a person of interest.
Clyne was signed by Eddie Howe on January 4th and was given his full debut just a day later as he played the full 90 minutes in the Cherries’ disappointing FA Cup 3rd round defeat at home to Brighton. The experienced Premier League right-back will have his work cut out for him if he wants to help turn around his new temporary club’s form, though, as the Cherries have won just two of their last 12 games.
The on-loan Liverpool man will obviously be throwing himself into life on the South coast, but he will certainly have one eye on his long term future. When the 27-year-old left Southampton for Liverpool in summer 2015 he was viewed as England’s next long-term right-back alongside Kyle Walker. However, a nasty back injury saw him miss the entire 2017/18 season up until April 7th when he returned to face Everton.
In total, the defender has made just ten appearances across this season and last combined for the Anfield club and he’ll be desperate for some game time in his spell away from Anfield in the next few months. In the long-term, though, he could do with taking a leaf out of the book of Jack Wilshere, who also enjoyed a loan spell at Dean Court back in the 2016/17 season.
Wilshere left Arsenal for a season to play on-loan under Eddie Howe to gain some fitness and get some much needed minutes under his belt. Initially, his loan move worked and he managed to use the experience to force his way back into the Arsene Wenger’s plans when he returns, and even managed to get an England call-up the season after, even it if it was scuppered by injury.
Even if Wilshere is now plying his trade at West Ham, his season away at Dean Court was enough to show Wenger what he could do, and Clyne would be doing well he if could use the minutes to show Jurgen Klopp that he’s still got it and try to add to his 103 Liverpool appearances that he’s made so far in his career, however, it certainly won’t be easy for the 27-year-old considering the strength of the current Liverpool side.
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