The Cherries have picked well

Forget over £120million on full-backs at Manchester City and forget Manchester United’s £90million purchase of Romelu Lukaku. Instead, look at AFC Bournemouth, their summer spending has been the most expert of all Premier League teams this summer.

The Cherries finished last season with a club-record 9th place finish. That, indeed, surpassed their debut Premier League season finish of 16th in the 2014/15 campaign. Such is the quality of management from Eddie Howe, no one is at all surprised by their performances.

A distinct style of play and philosophy throughout the club means that Bournemouth is breathing success right now. Their stadium may only hold around 11,000 spectators, but a lack of facilities aren’t spoiling Bournemouth’s party in the Prem.

Most impressively, the club shows no signs of slowing their progression, either. With an ambitious chairman in Jeff Mostyn and a talented manager in Eddie Howe, the club should be challenging in the top half the league for a second season in a row.

For even the most amateur of football fans, everyone will know that this summer transfer window has been something of an anomaly. Spending has shot through the roof, with countless sides breaking their record transfer fees in the meantime.

Though their ages vary, each of the three signings has Premier League experience and proven quality at the top level.

Nathan Ake

First of all, Nathan Ake is a welcome addition based on his performances for the club during a loan spell last season.

The Dutch centre-back boasts the attributes to progress into a modern centre-back. He has an innate ability to play with the ball at his feet as well as defend like a warrior – throwing his body in front of the ball when required.

True, £20million may be a lot of money for Bournemouth. However, if Ake is to perform at levels he showed last season, that price will soon be justified. At the age of 22, he has his best years in front of him and Howe should be pleased with a good piece of transfer business.

Ake’s ability to defend may be crucial to improved performances for Bournemouth this season. Last season the Cherries conceded 67 goals in what proved an entertaining yet open style of play. If they are to better their 9th place finish, the Dutch defender’s arrival may just provide the platform for them to do that.

Asmir Begovic

With current No.1, Artur Boruc, at the age of 37, Howe would have been keen to get a new goalkeeper through the door this summer. Asmir Begovic looks to be a great addition, with a wealth of Premier League experience to his name.

With such height, Begovic isn’t only hard to score against, but he possesses such a great advantage at set-pieces. There’s nothing more that defenders love than a commanding goalkeeper who can pluck the ball out of the air from corner kicks.

Remember his goal for Stoke City? Of course you do! Oh, how we’d love to see him replicate such a strike next season.

At £10million, the 30-year-old’s move seems another great piece of business for the South Coast club. As Boruc has proved, goalkeepers can reach their late 30s with relative ease.

Jermain Defoe

Like a fine French wine, Defoe appears to be getting better with age. It is easy for one to forget that he’s 34. His 15 goals at two assists for Sunderland last season were not enough to prevent their relegation, but it did, at least, prove that he’s still got it.

Having made over 450 appearances in the Premier League, Defoe’s experience is unrivalled in the modern game.

And, having acquired 159 goals in the process across four different sides in England’s top division, Bournemouth will be grateful for his services.

The best bit about this transfer? Defoe was signed for free. Yes, the beauty of stealing from relegated sides, eh. If Eddie Howe could, he’d probably sign another two of three Defoe-esque players. In truth, though, strikers like Defoe don’t come around too often.

The best bit about this transfer? Defoe was signed for free. Yes, the beauty of stealing from relegated sides, eh. If Eddie Howe could, he’d probably sign another two of three Defoe-esque players. In truth, though, strikers like Defoe don’t come around too often.

Therefore, Bournemouth have not only added a striker who can pass on his expertise to the likes of Joshua King, Callum Wilson and Benik Afobe, but Bournemouth have also signed a unique talent who can produce goals like they’re going out of fashion.

All in all, Bournemouth should be very pleased with the three Premier League signings they have made. All three look to be appropriate additions to what could become an even better Bournemouth side this coming season.