It’s been a short stay for Bournemouth in the top flight so far. In nearly 100 years of football the Cherries have only spent the last three years in England’s top tier. Things do look bright for the future of the club who are stable under Eddie Howe and enjoy a generous backing from owner Maxim Denim.
It means in that short space of time Bournemouth have grown fast and have attracted some high quality Premier League talent. A few mainstays from their climb through the divisions have also enjoyed a step up with the club making for a good Premier League side.
With Bournemouth having held on to their players well in that time the majority of their best talent still currently ply their trade on the south coast. Here’s Bournemouth’s greatest XI of the Premier League era…
1. GK – Asmir Begovic
Coming through Portsmouth’s academy Asmir Begovic made a name for himself at Stoke City, making 160 appearances in five years at the club. His performances earned him a move to Chelsea where he formed a part of the title-winning squad but found opportunities limited with Thibaut Courtois ahead of him in the pecking order.
He made a great acquisition for the Cherries with his Premier League experience, replacing Artur Boruc a keeper he once scored against. He kept six clean sheets in his first season at the club last year.
2. RB – Simon Francis
Now into his eighth year at the club, Simon Francis won the Player of the Year award during Bournemouth’s first promotion into the Championship. Francis quickly became a mainstay in the side playing practically every minute of the following two seasons in the second tier.
After promotion Francis remained a mainstay of the team and was awarded the captaincy following the departure of Tommy Elphick. Francis will lead the club into another Premier League season for the coming year and remains an important figure for the club.
3. CB – Nathan Ake
The former Chelsea starlet had been criminally under-utilised, a product of the Blues overly bloated academy program. Bournemouth took the player on loan for the second half of the 16/17 season and it proved a huge success for all parties.
Nathan Ake attracted interest from other clubs with his performances but the Cherries tied him down to a permanent deal for a club record £20m. He has been outstanding for the club so far and at 23, he has a huge future ahead of him.
4. CB – Steve Cook
Steve Cook has been a mainstay in this side since 2013, missing just 15 games in his last five years at the club. The commanding centre half missed just two games in Bournemouth’s first two season in the Premier League, that consistency helped establish the club in the top flight.
He also adds his fair share of goals for a centre half with eight so far to his name in the Premier League, he is a key man in both boxes for Bournemouth.
5. LB – Charlie Daniels
Charlie Daniels has been with the club for seven successful seasons and has become one of their most underrated performers in the Premier League era. The full back has only missed eight games in the last three years, becoming a vital cog in both the defence and attack.
Daniels has delivered eight Premier League goals and 11 assists to date becoming a significant goal source for Bournemouth. Not bad for a defender and when you consider how well he tracks back too, he is one of the most important players in their current side.
6. RM – Matt Ritchie
Arriving in January 2013, Matt Ritchie slotted straight into a side that earned promotion to the Championship. He went on to star again two years later as his 15 goals helped Bournemouth to a second promotion, taking the club into the Premier League.
His work ethic made him a fan favourite and Ritchie remained a prominent figure in the Cherries first season, missing just one game. The winger was allowed to leave for Newcastle the following and has never really been fittingly replaced.
7. CM – Junior Stanislas
Only Callum Wilson and Josh King have more Premier League goals for Bournemouth than Junior Stanislas who has enjoyed a career revival on the south coast. He’s had his injury problems over his career and has only made 61 appearances in the top flight for Bournemouth but has added an impressive 15 goals in that time.
Stanislas is by far the most prolific midfielder in Bournemouth’s side with none of the other central or wide men coming close to his total.
8. CM – Harry Arter
Harry Arter has spent the majority of his career at Bournemouth and remains one of their longest serving players with 255 total appearances for the club. Joining when they were a League One side, Arter played nearly every game in both of Bournemouth’s promotion campaigns.
After guiding the club from League One to the Premier League, Arter continued to have a big impact on the team and has remained a frequent performer for the club.
9. LM – Ryan Fraser
Ryan Fraser was initially loaned out to Ipswich following Bournemouth’s promotion to the Premier League and was earmarked for replacement. He returned to the side for the following campaign after the departure of Ritchie and the injuries sustained by Max Gradel, with the club looking for cover in the wide positions.
He earned his spot in this line up becoming the Cherries most prolific winger despite the £15m signing of Jordon Ibe. Fraser has operated as a full back and a winger offering great versatility and has added goals to his game finishing as the club’s third highest scorer last season behind only the two strikers.
10. ST – Josh King
Josh King is Bournemouth’s top scorer in the Premier League with 30 goals in his first three seasons, hitting a impressive 16 in the Cherries highly successful second campaign. Romelu Lukaku was the only player from outside the top six sides to outscore King that season.
He not only alleviated the major concern of an injury to key man Wilson in the first season but has since gone on to displace him as the clubs star striker. Finishing top of the scoring chart for the Cherries in each of his campaigns, King is crucial to the success of the club.
11. ST – Callum Wilson
Callum Wilson proved to be a steal at £3m as he fired the club into the Premier League with 20 goals in Bournemouth’s promotion campaign. His career has unfortunately been blighted by injury since promotion with Wilson only managing 33 appearances in the clubs first two years in the top flight.
He has remained a key player though, proving his worth in bursts with 19 Premier League goals from just 61 games. Wilson has added key goals for Bournemouth over the last three years and they’ll be hoping he stays injury free for the coming campaign.