AFC Bournemouth have signed Bosnian goalkeeper Asmir Begovic from champions Chelsea for an undisclosed fee, believed to be around £10 million. The deal was official from July 1st on a long term contract. Begovic had a previous loan spell at Bournemouth from Portsmouth making 8 appearances. Desperate for first team football, Bournemouth are a great team for Begovic with Eddie Howe constantly looking to improve.
Asmir Begovic has said as quoted:
“AFC Bournemouth is an exciting, ambitious club which has everything in place for a bright future. Being part of a title-winning team at Chelsea was amazing but I felt now was the right time to move on, because I want to be playing regular football”.
Fantasy Football Potential
Begovic only managed to rack up 19 appearances for Chelsea in the league from 2015-2017, as he was outclassed by Belgian, Thibaut Courtois. Often called upon for domestic cups the 30 year old keeper decided it was time he needed to play a lot more football if he was to be chosen for Bosnian international games.
At 6ft 5in tall he is a unit between the sticks and is almost classed as a traditional goalkeeper which focuses themselves on key attributes such as handling, positioning and distributions for counter attacks. In the 19 appearances Asmir played for Chelsea he managed only 4 clean sheets and never lived up to the expectation from his 2014/15 season.
Once Begovic gains more first team football he can be a real contender for Fantasy Premier League teams with competition for Bournemouth from Artur Boruc who had an excellent 2016/17 season. Most likely priced around 5.0m to 5.5m due to price tag and reputation may be a fairly decent first team choice if they start off well for the season.
AFC Bournemouth’s opening fixtures are as follows; West Bromwich Albion (A), Watford (H), Man City (A), Arsenal (H) and Brighton (H). These fixtures do have the prospect of Bournemouth picking up a few points, but there are some difficult tests early on.
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Written by James Milburn (@jamesmilburn95)