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Junior Stanislas winner cliches Premier League survival for Bournemouth

The Cherries came from behind to beat West Brom on Saturday.

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Bournemouth fought back from 1-0 down to secure a vital three points against West Bromwich Albion, as they took a huge step towards Premier League survival.

It wasn’t the best performance from the Cherries, but one player to standout was Junior Stanislas. The winger has been in good form during recent weeks and scored the winning goal on Saturday with a superb free-kick from range.

The 28-year-old is reaching the peak years of his career and he will want to be a regular starter in the top-flight. Bournemouth are a good fit for him, as there are no superstars and the team is greater than the sum of its parts. There are sprinklings of quality throughout and Stanislas is one of the players that can produce moments of brilliance on the pitch.

During the second half of the season, he has been one of the key attacking elements for Bournemouth. He has scored four goals in his last seven Premier League matches, but the one on Saturday was the most important of those as it was directly responsible for the win.

There were only minutes remaining and the chance came from a free-kick that was a long way out. Stanislas showed great confidence to take a shot and the resulting goal will go down as one of the best in his career to date.

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The overall performance from Stanislas was a positive one, as he worked hard and contributed in both halves of the pitch from the left wing. The 28-year-old completed two dribbles and made one key pass during the contest, while his pass completion rate was 80%.

He was effective in possession and rarely gave the ball away, which aided the team’s attacking play. In addition to his goal, the winger offered a threat for the entire game and had four attempts on goal. This was the joint-most of any player on the pitch.

Eddie Howe demands total commitment from his players and everyone is expected to contribute to the defensive effort. Stanislas certainly did that on Saturday as he completed both of his attempted tackles. It is important for the wingers to work back and help their full-backs in a 4-4-2 formation. Both Stanislas and Jordon Ibe did their bit for the team.

With their victory over West Brom, Bournemouth moved into the top ten of the Premier League and sit on 36 points. That should put an end to their relegation worries, as they are eight points clear of the bottom three with only seven matches left to play. Although the Cherries have been in the top-flight for three seasons now, it remains a huge achievement to stay in the division given the size of the club.

The success has been due to the team spirit and players stepping up to the highest level. Stanislas is a great example of that, as he has spent the majority of his career in the Football League. He helped Bournemouth get promoted and has continued to improve since the club arrived in the Premier League. Now he is one of the Cherries’ best players and moments like his goal on Saturday reflect that.

Jake is a journalist based in the South East. He is a Newcastle United fan and has a keen interest in Dutch football. Jake can be found on Twitter here - @jakejackmann.

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Sheffield United may regret £10million deal taking David Brooks to Bournemouth

The Championship starlet is set to sign for Premier League Bournemouth.

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Bournemouth are set to sign David Brooks from Sheffield United in a deal worth more than £10 million, according to the Bournemouth Echo.

There haven’t been many Premier League signings announced since the beginning of the World Cup, but the Cherries have managed to make progress.

For those that aren’t familiar with the 20-year-old midfielder, he is regarded as one of the brightest talents in the Football League after establishing himself in Chris Wilder’s team.

The news of a deal being close have come out of nowhere, but there were links made between Bournemouth and Brooks earlier this summer.

Supporters can consider this a coup for their club, as the Welsh international had previously been rumoured to be a target for Tottenham by The Sun.

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Although they didn’t act on that interest, it underlines how highly he is thought of within the game and bigger clubs will follow his progress with interest.

Brooks is at the early stage of his development and he could benefit massively from working with Eddie Howe. Until now, he has been mainly used as a substitute, but he has shown his class in the handful of starts he has been given.

The standout performance came against Sheffield Wednesday when he was started in a central role. The 20-year-old wasn’t overawed by the occasion and delivered a display of the highest quality.

One of the key reasons he has stood out as a big talent is his dribbling ability. Brooks is excellent at quickly manoeuvring the ball to beat an opposition player and then move into the space created.

His end product needs work and his decision making can be questionable, but there is a lot to work with for Bournemouth.

Last season, he contributed three goals and four assists in the Championship, with a goal involvement every 164 minutes.

Considering his bit-part squad role, that is an impressive return and Sheffield United fans were hoping that 2018/19 would be a breakout year for him at Bramall Lane.

However, it now looks like they won’t get a chance to see the young midfielder in a Blades shirt again.

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Sheffield United are a team on the up and they will have ambitions of challenging for a top six finish during the coming campaign.

Brooks could have been a difference maker for them if given a regular starting role. There were positive signs last season and he looked ready to make the next step under Wilder.

The decision to sell him is an understandable one, as they will be receiving a club record fee. That said, the reported fee of £10 million plus add-ons is one that will disappoint some supporters.

His potential is huge and he could be worth more than double that in 12 months’ time. They could be cashing in too soon.

On the other hand, if they can use the eight-figure sum to bring in two or three quality second-tier players, they could quickly transform themselves into a promotion contender.

The fact that Brooks wasn’t a regular starter last season means that it isn’t a disastrous departure, but there was a huge opportunity to turn him into the star of this team and that is now gone.

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Bournemouth move may help to get Danny Ings’ career back on track

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The past few seasons have been full of frustration for Liverpool centre-forward Danny Ings, with injury set-backs continually hampering his progress after derailing his Anfield career only months after it began. Now, it looks as though he may have a chance to revive it with a move to Bournemouth.

Football Whispers say that a deal could be in the pipeline for the former Burnley man to move to the south coast, though there is no indication of if it would be on loan or permanently.

The 25-year-old has made only three starts in 2017/18 and even in a campaign where Liverpool were overloaded with fixtures thanks to a Champions League cup run, he barely featured and at times was below even youngster Dominic Solanke in the pecking order, casting an unfavourable forecast for his Anfield career.

(during the Premier League match between Liverpool and Stoke City at Anfield on April 28, 2018 in Liverpool, England.

That could make a season, or more, at Dean Court an appealing proposition. Ings has shown that even when he is struggling for fitness and game time, he is still an efficient finisher.

With pace and strength, he certainly fits into the tactical mould that Eddie Howe likes of his strikers, much like Callum Wilson, Josh King and Jermaine Defoe.

Given that there are reports from The Scottish Sun saying that Defoe may well be on his way out after a single season back at the club, and a disappointing one too, there could be a spot in the Cherries’ squad for a player like Ings to get the game time he needs.

Stagnation is a real risk for Ings career after such a promising few years at Burnley before moving to Liverpool and picking up two serious knee injuries, but if he can find form whilst with Bournemouth it could be his ticket back to the top of the game.

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West Ham should bring Jermain Defoe back to East London

The 35-year-old made just 11 appearances in the league this season.

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Despite a truly disappointing and underwhelming season for West Ham, the club managed to restore some pride when they finished the season with a 3-1 win over Everton at the London Stadium.

However, one result doesn’t shy away from a season of turmoil and rebellion from Hammers fans, as the club finished 13th with the toxic atmosphere in East London directed towards the owners.

The future is also uncertain for David Moyes but, if the Scotsman is to start thinking about potential transfers, the 55-year-old Scot should consider bringing former West Ham forward Jermain Defoe back to East London.

The 35-year-old hit 37 goals in 93 games for Sunderland before re-signing for Bournemouth on a free transfer last summer, a move that seemed a brilliant piece of business from the Cherries.

However, Defoe has been restricted to just 11 Premier League games this campaign, scoring just four goals. And, while the Englishman hasn’t hit the highs of last season, he is still a goalscoring threat to be reckoned with.

Despite Rangers being labelled the bookmaker’s favourites to sign the former Tottenham striker, according to Paddy Power, West Ham should definitely consider swooping for one of the Premier League’s ultimate poachers.

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West Ham have struggled with their forward options this season with Javier Hernández becoming frustrated on the bench, whilst Andy Carroll has also failed to hit the mark having struggled with injuries.

Defoe scored 18 goals during his time at Upton Park, quickly becoming a fans favourite, so should the Hammers bring back one of their former club heroes?

Considering Bournemouth have the likes of Joshua King and Callum Wilson in their forward line, they may be interested in offers for the 132-time Premier League scorer.

West Ham struggled for attacking firepower this term, with Marko Arnautovic largely relied upon upfront. Therefore, reinforcements are likely to arrive at the London Stadium during the summer.

When a player like Jermain Defoe shows even a slight sign of being unhappy, in this case, due to a lack of game time, it should then become the club-in-need’s priority to swoop.

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