Dominic Solanke joined Bournemouth on Friday for a multimillion pound fee, just days after he seemed set to sign for Crystal Palace on loan.
The deal with the Eagles fell through due to concerns over Solanke’s fitness, a decision that was immediately justified after the striker’s latest injury update.
Speaking to the BBC after Bournemouth’s FA Cup defeat against Brighton, manager Eddie Howe said Solanke would likely be out for most of January with a hamstring injury.
Although the Bournemouth manager acknowledged the club knew about Solanke’s problems before he signed, the England youth international’s injury history contributed to Palace pulling out of the transfer.
The Eagles were reported to be close to signing Solanke on loan —and with loan players only at the club for a matter of months, a quick impact is needed.
As the forward will probably only return to full fitness in February, a loan move for Solanke would have been ill-advised for the goal-hungry south Londoners.
Although many supporters were shocked to see Crystal Palace’s Dominic Solanke loan deal collapse at the last minute, the striker’s problematic injury concerns reveal why the Eagles made the right decision.