Bournemouth have recalled Sam Surridge from his loan-spell at Swansea City.
The 21-year-old made 20 Championship appearances for Swansea and scored four goals. He was due to spend the season in South Wales but amidst an injury crisis at Bournemouth, Cherries manager Eddie Howe has decided to end his loan prematurely.
It’s bad timing for Swansea – they were just starting to see the best of Surridge alongside Andre Ayew up-front, with two of Surridge’s goals coming in his last five appearances.
It also comes as the Welsh side begin to regain some form having lost one of their last five in the Championship, and looking to continue that form at home to Charlton tomorrow.
Bournemouth are a team struggling though. They head to the London Stadium today to face West Ham and will be without seven first-team players.
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Their injury woes have plagued their season and having won just once in their last nine Premier League games, Howe is experiencing the most testing time of his illustrious tenure with the club.
They sit in 16th with just two points separating them from the drop, and a win for West Ham would see the Hammers leapfrog them.
Swansea fans will be gutted to lose Surridge and so will Steve Cooper, but they can’t dwell for too long.
They will have known that this was a possibility and whilst it’s a blow, the window is now open and it’s about securing a replacement for the striker as soon as possible.
If they can find the right number nine, there’s no reason why they can’t push for a play-off spot come May.