Bournemouth have managed to get off to a solid enough start to the Championship season with Scott Parker’s side unbeaten in their opening four league matches.
The Cherries would have been frustrated to only pick up a point from their 2-2 draw with Blackpool on Saturday. That result though means that Bournemouth remain unbeaten and have picked up eight points from their opening four Championship matches.
Over the course of the summer transfer window, Bournemouth have managed to make a couple of decent additions to the squad with Gary Cahill having arrived last week to bolster their defence.
While the likes of Emilano Marcondes, Ørjan Nyland and Leif Davis have also been brought into the club to provide competition for places.
Parker’s side have also seen key players such as Arnaut Danjuma, Sam Surridge, Diego Rico and Asmir Begovic depart the club during the transfer window.
Those are quality options that they will have to work hard to try and fully replace before the transfer window comes to a close.
With that in mind, we take a look at TWO Bournemouth transfer dilemmas that are hanging over the Cherries at the moment as the deadline moves closer…
Whether to make a move for a new forward following Surridge’s departure
Having allowed Surridge to leave the club for Stoke City this summer, Bournemouth have left themselves a little short on options upfront with Dominic Solanke facing a lot of pressure on his shoulders to be the main man for them in the final third this term.
Solanke has got off to a decent enough start to the campaign with the former Liverpool forward having fired home three goals in his opening four league appearances.
However, Parker’s side would be in major trouble if he were to pick up a lengthy injury with young forward Christian Saydee their only real cover for him within their squad at this stage.
The Cherries have been linked with a potential move for Manchester City’s Liam Delap alongside a host of other Championship sides.
Anderlecht though were reported to have joined the race to sign the forward on loan from Pep Guardiola’s side with Stoke City also pushing to try and sort out a transfer agreement with City.
Manchester City though are now thought to not be willing to loan out Delap during the summer transfer window and that is a blow to Bournemouth’s hopes of signing a new forward.
Should they fail to bring in a new striker then they might be left regretting that should anything happen to Solanke in the coming weeks.
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How to replace the loss of Danjuma
Another major dilemma that Bournemouth are facing before the transfer window closes is how to replace Danjuma after his move to last season’s Europa League winners Villarreal was finally confirmed last week.
The attacker was instrumental in helping Bournemouth reach the Championship play-offs last season with his 17 goals and seven assists marking him out as one of the finest players in the English second tier.
It was therefore little to surprise to see that the Cherries were unable to convince him to remain at the club for another season in the Championship.
The money they have received from Villarreal though now gives them a chance to re-invest in a quality replacement.
Jaidon Anthony has been a replacement for Danjuma within Bournemouth’s starting line-up at the start of the campaign and he has been delivering some encouraging displays for the Cherries.
That has seen the 21-year-old score one goal and provide two assists in his first four league appearances.
However, the Cherries can not solely rely on Anthony to replace the goals and assists that Danjuma brought to the table for them last term.
Bournemouth have been linked with potential moves for both Siriki Dembele and Morgan Rogers over the last few weeks and either of those two players would be able to come into the club and offer a lot of quality for them in the final third.
Parker will be hoping that the Cherries manage to secure a successful move for either Rogers or Dembele before the window closes to replace Danjuma.
Whether or not they manage to do that might well have a major impact on where they finish this term in the Championship.