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Should Southampton Target Bournemouth In The Transfer Market This Summer !
Tuesday, 15th Jun 2021 09:59

Bournemouth missed out on promotion after looking dead certs at one point and then after a late rally losing to Brentford in the play off semi finals, this will signal the departure of several of their players, but will Saints be in the market for a cut price signing or two from the Cherries.

After failing to get promoted back to the Premier League at the first attempt, AFC Bournemouth find themselves in a tight position, they will need to cut the wage bill and they will find that a player or two will want to move back to the Premier League.

They will also find that in a normal season getting a decent fee would be hard enough with club's knowing that they need the money, but this summer will be a lot tighter financially than others due to the current pandemic and it will probably be more about slashing the wage bill than getting in big fee's, so is this an opportunity for Saints close to home and do they have anyone we would truly want.

One player who is already being linked with Saints is Arnaut Danjuma Adam Groeneveld, or to give him the name on the back of his shirt Danjuma.

The 24 year old winger was born in Nigeria but grew up in Holland where he started with PSV Eindhoven, however he failed to make the grade there and moved to NEC and then on to Club Brugge where after one season and two caps for the Netherlands he was signed by Bournemouth in August 2019 for a fee of around £13 million.

His first season at the club was not a total success, he would be blighted by two long injury lay offs, firstly for a hamstring and then a broken foot and he would play only 14 games with no goals or assists and his season reflected Bournemouth's as they went down on the final day.

But last season in the Championship was a lot better for Danjuma, he would start 29 games plus another 4 as sub scoring 15 goals and assisting in another 7, he would also play in both play off games scoring in each.

Certainly when I watched Bournemouth beat Swansea at home on the TV ahead of their match against Saints in the FA Cup he looked a handful, scoring one goal and assisting in another in a 3-0 win.

I thought he was going to be the man to watch out for a few days later when we headed across the New Forest, but although he blustered he was kept in check whichever wing he ventured down, so from this perspective it is hard to decide whether he is truly Premier League quality or just another fast player who can fly down the wing in the Championship but hasn't got that last bit in his locker to become a star in the Premier league, certainly we handled his pace well in the main.

Danjuma is valued at around £12 million according to Transfermarkt and if they did go for him then Saints could presumably get him for less in the current climate and could also use Shane Long who spent the second half of the season on loan there as a bargaining tool, although I think Long is more interested in a move to a club nearer West London.

Another who could be of interest is David Brooks currently with Wales in the Euros, his contract is up next summer so Bournemouth may be in a hurry to sell as they could lose him for nothing in 12 months time, he is currently valued at £16 million by Transfermarkt, but given his contract he could go for a lot less than that and could cost less than Danjuma.

Watching Brooks he seems to have a lot more guile than Danjuma, he can use the ball intelligently and can also play not only as a winger but as an attacking central midfielder or a striker.

Brooks ankle injury meant that he missed the Cup tie with Saints and a chunk of the season, but he still started 25 games in the Championship plus another 7 as sub, scoring 5 goals and assisting in another 6.

Both players will be being looked at by Saints, but whether we make a move will depend on whether we can offload a wide player or two ourselves, both Nathan Redmond & Moussa Djenepo had average seasons last year and also Theo Walcott will join permanently and although Ralph Hasenhuttl will want another wide player, he knows he can only buy in that department if he offloads.

Also when you consider the game that Nathan Redmond had against the Cherries in the FA Cup he completely overshadowed Danjuma, does that tell us something

Danjuma & Brooks are two Bournemouth players who could fit the Saints mould, they both have a little experience at the highest level and they are both young enough to have their best years ahead of them and more importantly they are both in our price bracket, but the question is are they any better than what we currently have and even if they are then out wide is not a priority position to improve in.

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halftimeorange added 11:18 - Jun 15
You've picked their best two players. We need to move Redmond on as he's not got the support of the fans due to too many substandard performances. Norwich fans felt the same way about him. He has ability but rarely shows it. The jury's out on Djenepo. He showed flashes of determination last season that Redmond did not. I think he's got more in his locker that we haven't seen but, this often happens when someone plays cameos in a struggling side as Saints were during the last few months.
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NewburySaint added 11:31 - Jun 15
Brooks, maybe, tentatively, considering his injury history. Danjuma-no, ta.
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saintmark1976 added 11:34 - Jun 15
“ When you consider the game that Nathan Redmond had against the Cherries in the F A Cup he completely overshadowed Danjuma, does that tell us something?” Yes, Danjuma isn’t very good and Redmond is at best a Championship player.
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Colburn added 11:50 - Jun 15
Let's be honest, Bournemouth were a side depleted by injuries when we played them and in a lower league so it would be ridiculous to compare any of their players against ours. The question is would Danjuma have scored the Redmond goal and the answer is yes, especially considering the last defender fell over! Danjuma has scored better goals than that against better opposition than Redmond faced that day. Would Redmond have done anything if he were in a Bournemouth shirt that day? No...
I would very happily take Brooks and Danjuma, of we did, you would quickly see the difference between them..
My issue with Redmond is body language and attitude and this is why he has not fulfilled his potential. I think we've paid him enough for what he has returned and his wages are now a waste. He should look at the desire and attitude of Tella and learn something.
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highfield49 added 12:15 - Jun 15
Nah, I can't see either of them making any more impact than the players we're looking to offload.
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TimSaint added 13:12 - Jun 15
When I first heard of him, I thought his name was Dan Juma !! :-)

Anyway, he looks decent enough, but has had limited experience and is apparently a bit of a late developer, so who knows, perhaps he will get better and better.

I would expect him to be linked with clubs above us in the league as well, plus I have seen that Brooks and Billings have also been linked with top half Prem teams.

It would make sense to try and do business with them if it means we can offload Shane Long as part of any deal. He still has another year left on his large contract with us.

Danjuma would add much needed competition for wide positions in our squad, because lets face it, Redmond if fit, tends to get picked regardless, Minamino was only ok in a few games, Djenepo has been poor and Walcott has been inconsistent and injured.

Tella looks decent enough though, but is perhaps vying for a striker role and Armstrong is great - but needs to be wide right now that Romeu is back.

Brooks will probably command a much higher fee of around £20m+.
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Block8 added 15:28 - Jun 15
I think we should be scouring the out of contract lists to fill some of the gaps. This would allow some of the youngsters to progress alongside experience and allow us to concentrate our finance where it is urgently required!
It may also help focus our two loan players a bit better. If we paid £60,000 a week that's only just over £3million a year and no fee!
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KriSaint added 18:00 - Jun 19
I like both players and would take them in a blink of an eye. They would both be in my match squad every time.
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