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BOURNEMOUTH v CITY: OPPOSITION VIEW

14 January 2016

BOURNEMOUTH

Nickname: The Cherries
Manager: Eddie Howe
2014-15: 1st (Sky Bet Championship)
Ground: Vitality Stadium

CHERRIES IN FOCUS

Bournemouth have quickly made three key additions to their squad already this January, but Eddie Howe insists every transfer is concluded with the club's best long-term interests at heart.

The Cherries have swooped for Roma winger Juan Iturbe on loan and Wolves striker Benik Afobe, while also finalising a deal for Canaries striker Lewis Grabban, who signed on Monday.

CONFIRMED: #afcb sign @Juan_iturbe93 on loan from AS Roma until the end of the season: https://t.co/VtMn03Wa2Kpic.twitter.com/nsZGUof3Jr

— AFC Bournemouth (@afcbournemouth) January 1, 2016
"I take every penny we spend very seriously as well as the responsibility which comes with that, and try to make good decisions for the football club, not just for now, but for the long term," outlined Howe.

"It is important that we look beyond this season as it is not just about the here and now, and hopefully we get the major decisions right."

STAR PLAYER
Benik Afobe is eager to make a name for himself in the top flight after completing a move from Wolves earlier this month.

The 22-year-old said at his unveiling as a Cherries player: "I have dreamed of playing in the Premier League since I can remember."



He didn't get a chance at Arsenal, the club where Afobe progressed through the youth ranks after signing as a six-year-old.

Following a succession of loan spells at Huddersfield, Reading, Bolton, Millwall, Sheffield Wednesday and MK Dons, Afobe moved to Wolves on a permanent basis in January 2015.

LAST TIME OUT
Eddie Howe's team extended their winless run to four Premier League matches after Tuesday's 3-1 home defeat to West Ham United.

Harry Arter's impressive long-range strike had set the south coast side off on a positive footing in the first half, but the Hammers came out firing after the break.



Inspired by the returning Dimitri Payet, who levelled with an exquisite free-kick on 67 minutes, Slaven Bilic's men came back to earn all three points.

They went ahead when Enner Valencia lashed home from inside the box before the Ecuadorian matched Payet's set-piece with one of his own six minutes from time.

THE SQUAD
Goalkeepers: Artur Boruc, Ryan Allsop, Adam Federici.

Defenders: Simon Francis, Steve Cook, Tommy Elphick (c), Charlie Daniels, Tyrone Mings, Adam Smith, Sylvain Distin, Joe Bennett, Baily Cargill.

Midfielders: Dan Gosling, Andrew Surman, Marc Pugh, Harry Arter, Max Gradel, Shaun MacDonald, Junior Stanislas, Matt Ritchie, Eunan O'Kane.

Attackers: Tokelo Rantie, Callum Wilson, Joshua King, Yann Kermorgant, Benik Afobe, Lee Tomlin, Glenn Murray, Lewis Grabban, Juan Iturbe.



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