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Jonathan Woodgate drops claim over Bournemouth ace as West Ham, Brighton and Southampton circle

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Bournemouth manager Jonathan Woodgate has suggested that forward Arnaut Danjuma can go to as a high a level in the game as he wants and urged him to continue to want to do more amid reported transfer interest.

Danjuma has enjoyed a promising campaign so far in the Championship with the Cherries and he has been involved in 14 goals in the league with ten goals and four assists in 25 appearances (Sofascore). The 24-year-old has re-found his confidence after a difficult first season in English football for him last term, where he failed to score in 14 Premier League games as the club were relegated.

The form of Danjuma has seen him attract the attentions of the likes of Southampton and Brighton, with Football League World believing the Premier League pair on keeping him on their radar. While a further report from The Sun has suggested that West Ham are also potentially interested in making a move to sign him in the summer as well.

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Speaking to the Daily Echo, Woodgate suggested that Danjuma has the quality to go as far as he wants to in the game and he urged him to continue to do the right things and strive for more from himself. While the Bournemouth boss also insisted he has been very impressed with the qualities that the attacker possesses.

He said: “He can go as high as he wants to, but he’s got to always want more, always try to be that best.

“If something doesn’t go right in a game, be disappointed, try and improve constantly and that’s what he’s doing.

“I’m really pleased and I’ve been very impressed. I had high expectations about Arnie, really high expectations.”

The verdict

Danjuma is the sort of player that has plenty of qualities that should be able to make him suit the Premier League. The 24-year-old has shown this term that he can be at times too good for the Championship, with him averaging 1.5 shots, 1.5 key passes and completing 1.8 successful dribbles per game so far this campaign (Sofascore). While he has also shown he can add end product.

Woodgate is right that the forward does have the talent to progress far in the game and also caution that he needs to want to display that talent on a consistent basis. The Bournemouth manager though will need him to stay focused on helping the Cherries earn a place in the play-offs and ensure he does not get distracted by speculation surrounding his potential future in the summer.

If Bournemouth do not go up this season then Danjuma is one of many players who they are going to face a real battle to keep hold of. The 24-year-old is unsurprisingly attracting attentions of the likes of West Ham, Southampton and Brighton and if he keeps his current form going he should be back in the top-flight with or without the Cherries next term.


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