Asmir Begovic to join Bournemouth
The Chelsea back up keeper spoke late last season about his senior figure role in the club and sounded like a player comfortable in the role. However at just 29 years old it was too soon for a player of his quality to accept such a role and it isn't surprising to see him return to 1st team football.
Bournemouth's owner continues to back his ever improving manager Eddie Howe. Begovic is a fantastic signing. A proven Premier League top keeper and one who will influence those playing along side him.
Only four teams conceded more goals than the Cherries in 2016/17 meaning investment in the defensive side of the squad is essential. Begovic will start the foundation of that squad development and is a signing the fans will surely have the Bournemouth fans already looking positively towards the pre-season.
Begovic’s support role in the Champions squad saw his price fall during the season and he combined with Bournemouth’s defensive issues he hopefully may come in at a tempted price in FPL. With Howe’s attacking intents, Bournemouth's will likely continue to be an more open side giving Begovic plenty to do during the season.
Tom Heaton and Jordan Pickford showed us how well a shot stopping keeper can score for his FPL purchase price in FPL. His costing in FPL then will be key and seeing him finish the season at 4.6m should he start at 4.5m he will be in most squads.
Jermain Defoe say’s he is joining as well
Now here is a signing that makes sense. The evergreen Defoe is one of the league's most deadly finishers and has scored goals wherever he has played.
Defoe confirmed the move whilst on England duties "It's out there, a lot of people obviously knew," he said. "I did a medical and said when this is finished and I've had a break, come July everyone will know anyway."
In 2016/17 while playing in an horrific Sunderland side still ended the season with 14 goals. He now will be playing in an attack minded Bournemouth side and it’s hard not to see a similar return next season. Josh King had a brilliant second half of the season but he still missed his penalty chances meaning Defoe will be sure to take over that duty as well.
His price point in FPL will be interesting. Should he fall around 7m or less he will be very tempting to many a fantasy player. Even if he is a little higher the proven goal return may be worth the price.
In Fantrax, particularly early in the season I will be very tempted to pick up both in the home fixtures against the leagues weaker defences.
What do you make of the two moves? Will they tempt you with your fantasy sides?
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