Bournemouth opinion: The Cherries should sign Yacine Adli
Bournemouth had a brilliant start to their season and were in contention for a top seven spot before injuries struck. In the space of one month, the Cherries lost Lewis Cook, Callum Wilson, Ryan Fraser and David Brooks to injuries.
This saw the club suffer and they lost their spot in the top half of the table. While Wilson, Fraser and Brooks are back in action, Cook has been ruled out for the remainder of the current season.
This gives Bournemouth more problems as without Cook, they have only Andrew Surman, Dan Gosling, Jefferson Lerma and Emerson Hyndman as midfield options. The club will face a few problems and while David Brooks can play in central midfield, it isn’t a long-term option.
That being said, the summer window will allow the club to spend once again and one area they do need to strengthen is their midfield. Both Gosling and Surman are growing older and more importantly, they’ve struggled to make an impact this season.
While Surman is 32 years old, the Englishman hasn’t hit his very best for a long time, which has caused a few problems. This is exactly why Bournemouth should target a few midfielders and one man can be Yacine Adli.
He moved in the summer of 2018 to Bordeaux from PSG and despite being 18 years old, his ability has shone. Compared to former PSG teammate Adrien Rabiot, Adli is a versatile and talented midfielder who manages to ghost about the pitch.
However, what should make Bournemouth very interested in him is the fact that the young star links the defence and the attack seamlessly. Furthermore, his silky style of dribbling and tricky nature on the ball makes him an excellent ball carrier, pushing the team forward consistently.
However, unlike most central midfielders, Adli struggles with the defensive side of the game but that shouldn’t matter. Paired with the very defensive Jefferson Lerma, the young midfielder can flourish as it will allow him to do what he does best.
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While Yacine Adli did only move to Bordeaux in the summer of 2018, he did so to play first-team football and that is something that hasn’t happened yet. So far, he has played only three games, and all three have come after the turn of the year.
For Bournemouth, it makes Adli ripe for picking and he’s one man they need.