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Luckless Bournemouth must tough it out until the transfer window opens

06 Nov | BY Betway | MIN READ TIME |
Luckless Bournemouth must tough it out until the transfer window opens

After losing four of their last five games, the visit of Newcastle on Saturday could be the perfect chance for the Cherries to get back on track

By Joe Mewis

While it is a little early to say that a win here could save Bournemouth’s season, the importance of Saturday’s clash shouldn’t be underestimated.

Following the devastating injuries to Callum Wilson, Max Gradel and Tyrone Mings, Eddie Howe’s priority will be to get to the January transfer window without losing any more key men and without becoming deeply intrenched in the bottom three.

After claiming only a single point from their last five games, Bournemouth’s promising start to the season has slowly ebbed away into a nightmare of ruptured crutiates, leaked goals and drubbings from the Premier League’s big boys.

The January sales can’t come quick enough for the Cherries, with striking reinforcements being at the top of Howe’s shopping list.

Callum Wilson had quickly adapted to life in the top flight, scoring five times before he became the third Bournemouth player to succumb to a cruciate knee injury and his goals must be replaced in January.

Glen Murray can be relied on to give his all and chip in with a few strikes, but that alone won’t be enough to keep the the club afloat.

But rather than sitting around feeling sorry for himself, Eddie Howe’s men have stayed competitive – at least until they came up against Spurs and Manchester City, who both put five past the Premier League new boys.

It looked like another heavy defeat was on the cards against Southampton when they went into the half-time dressing room 2-0 down, but Howe was able to see where the game was going wrong and put the breaks on Ronald Koeman’s men.

Howe’s biggest challenge is now to ensure that the confidence isn’t sapped out of his squad.

He has kept the faith with many of the players that engineered their rise from League One to the top flight and have seen everything go their way over the past five seasons, without having to deal with many five-game winless skids like the one the current side find themselves in.

Shipping in 12 goals in their last three games will have seen heads drop, but a loss to Newcastle – one point and one place below them – could make it a very long winter.

Steve McClaren’s men, however, could be the perfect opponents for Bournemouth to get their debut Premier League season back on track.

The Magpies have failed to net in seven of their 13 games across all competitions this season, while they have let in 22 goals in 11 Premier League contests – which will be music to Howe’s ears after he has seen his side struggle to both score goals and keep them out in recent weeks.

It is never a good sign when you have to write an open letter to apologise to your club’s fans just three months into your first season in the job, but the former England boss had to do exactly that following the derby loss to Sunderland.

Last month’s 6-2 win against Norwich is already looking like one of the season’s great outliers.

And the Magpie faithful could face a long journey home on Saturday afternoon if the Cherries take this opportunity to put some daylight between them and the bottom three.

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