Hi, I’m Sam and I help run ‘Back of the Net’ – a Bournemouth-focussed, football podcast.
What are you most excited about heading into the new season?
Being a Bournemouth fan often comes hand-in-hand with feelings of pessimism and hopelessness, but the Eddie Howe effect is ensuring our Premier League era has some much needed joy and positivity.
I hope the new array of signings will blend seamlessly into our already youthful and exciting squad. The key this season is not just survival, but progression.
What worries you ahead of the new season?
It’s difficult to predict how our team’s going to perform in any given season – partially because of the Jekyll and Hyde nature of the squad. Our lack of consistency is, and always will be, an issue.
The amount of goals leaked last season was only surpassed by relegated Huddersfield and Fulham, so stopping the rot while maintaining the attacking flair synonymous with Bournemouth is of utmost importance.
What have you made of your club’s transfer activity this summer?
The transfer activity this season certainly should dispel any myths that The Cherries are happy settling as a lower half league team. Eddie Howe has made astute, young British signings like Lloyd Kelly, Jack Stacey, and Harry Wilson.
We’ve also managed to compliment these exciting youngsters with players who have top flight pedigree – like Phillip Billing and Arnaut Danjuma – so as long as the coaching staff can make the team gel, there should be a fair amount of exciting football at the Vitality this season.
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What unpopular opinion do you have about your team going into the season?
While Howe likes to instil an entertaining brand of football, the philosophy of ‘we’ll score more than them’ is all too prevalent. We can’t rely on Wilson and Fraser’s telepathic connection to carry on supplying the goals and assists.
Although it’s entertaining, there are some real basics defensive issues that need to be addressed this season. Eddie’s new signings will need to find their feet quickly.
Who would win if your squad had a WWE Royal Rumble style fight?
There is no doubt that Jefferson Lerma would reign supreme in any physical battle. The Columbian is strong, athletic, pacy, and isn’t scared of a challenge (lawful or otherwise).
Before he joined Bournemouth, he received 19 yellow cards in a single season, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see his name grace the bookings column many more times this campaign.
Where do you think your team will realistically finish in the Premier League?
The heart vs. head scenario in predicting our fate has been the downfall of many a Bournemouth fan, but this season there’s a real feeling that The Cherries can secure a top ten finish.
It’s always difficult to gauge with the amount other clubs are spending, but a 10th placed spot would be not only be splendid, but feasible too.