AFC Bournemouth will have their work cut out in the Premier League

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What a few years it has been for AFC Bournemouth; from the brink of liquidation in League Two to winning the Championship under Eddie Howe.

AFC Bournemouth won the title on the final day of the season after beating Charlton Athletic 3-0 at The Valley, finishing on 90 points after 46 games.

Their season success followed promotion from League One in 2013 as Howe has made a name for himself, becoming a young manager with an eye for creating a legacy.

But where will AFC Bournemouth sit in the Premier League, and do they have the quality to survive with the top dogs?

A team of average players?

As many fans of the Championship have noticed, Howe's team haven't quite got a squad of players who shake fear in the eyes of a mid-table Premier League team; sure they finished the season on 90 points scoring 98 goals, but the EPL is a huge step up.

There are players who have experienced Premier League football in the Cherries team, but they consist of Junior Stanislas, Dan Gosling and Artur Boruc - players who are looked upon as mediocre at best when compared to the top-flight standard.

Then you have Callum Wilson leading the front-line, the 23-year-old scored 20 goals from 42 games in his debut season. But can the former Coventry City striker perform in Premier League? We have seen Rickie Lambert and Charlie Austin do it, so there is at least some encouragement.

All in all the squad looks very average, and if you were too compare it with a team like Watford, who have a large intake of Serie A players, or even last year's champions Leicester City, the squad depth and players listed vary in class and reputation.

What Howe has to realise, and he may have ideas already, is that a new intake of players has to happen to strengthen both the midfield and back-four, getting a spine through the middle of the park that could help create a platform for a team aiming for survival.

The Comeback story

Overall this is a monumental occasion for a team like AFC Bournemouth, considering where they've been and what the club has seen on and off the pitch, the whole story in one to be remembered.

Their campaign is similar the memorable Swansea City comeback; on the brink of relegation before climbing to the Premier League from League Two and going on to win the Capital One Cup playing a style English fans adored.

Now with former club captain Garry Monk as manager they've gone on to become a stable Welsh team in the top league having provided Premier League opportunities to the likes of Wilfried Bony, Pablo Hernandez and Michel Vorm.

There is nothing stopping this club doing what the Swans have accomplished, as it is about having playing style that grabs the eye and luck of the draw to put the side in a comfortable position to build on.


The one thing Howe and the team have no shortage of is motivation and lack of fear, as the Cherries have accomplished amazing things in a league that can be challenging and put a team's morale and confidence to the test.

Days away to Wigan or Blackpool are never easy, especially with the conditions on the pitch, and these are the attributes Howe could bring into the Premier League.

But what does change are the statures and the quality of players in each team as home form will be so important, but also getting points away are just as crucial.

Howe will have to come up with a strategy of how to play a content style of keeping it tight at the back instead of the freedom of attacking football, for a point may just be what Bournemouth need instead of a 4-3 defeat away from home.

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