Bournemouth have signed Jack Stacey from Luton Town for £4 million on a four year deal. The 23 year old defender was ever present in Luton’s back to back promotions to the Championship and was even named Luton’s young player of the season last campaign.
Stacey is Bournemouth’s second signing of the summer after Eddie Howe signed Lloyd Kelly from Bristol City. Here’s what Stacey has said about his move to the Cherries:
“This is a great club with a fantastic manager who helps establish young players, so that made it an easy decision in the end. I believe I can thrive here and I can’t wait to get started.”
Jack Stacey started his career at Reading at the age of 8 and he progressed through the youth system, eventually signing his first professional contract in 2013. He went on to make his professional debut in August 2014 against Reading, and subsequently played 6 times in the Championship during the 2014/15 season.
In November 2015, Stacey joined League Two club Barnet on a short term loan and made just two appearances before returning to Reading. In March 2016 he joined Carlisle on loan until the end of the season and the right back made 9 appearances, scoring on 2 occasions.
It was during the 2016/17 season where Stacey managed to make a break through into a first team and it was at Exeter City on loan. He made 34 appearances in League Two, where he also managed to assist 8 goals.
June 2017 was when Stacey was signed by Luton town, where they picked the youngster up on a two year deal for an undisclosed fee. Across the two seasons he made a total of 86 appearances in the league, scoring 5 goals and providing 14 assists showing his attacking threats as a right back.
Fantasy Football Potential
Stacey is in completion with Adam Smith and Simon Francis at the right back position. Whilst Francis is ageing, this opens the door for either Smith or Stacey to put their mark on the position, whilst it should also be noted that Smith does on the occasion play at left back. It therefore depends on Howe’s preference and how well Stacey performs during pre-season.
Stacey has been priced on Fantasy Premier League at £4.5m which could be a bargain if he manages to secure a spot in the Cherries starting XI. Last season, Bournemouth managed to secure 10 clean sheets, 1 in every 3.8 fixtures, which was eighth in the rankings. If they can replicate this, coupled with Stacey’s attacking threat then he could be a shrewd pick.
Bournemouth’s opening five fixtures include; Southampton (H), Aston Villa (A), Manchester City (H), Leicester City (A) and Everton (H). These good fixtures continue up until gameweek 10, making Bournemouth assets very favourable, however if you are looking at defensive assets it may be worth considering someone more nailed on from the start, e.g. Nathan Ake (£5.0m), although is Stacey does nail down a starting spot then he could be a very cheap route into the Bournemouth side.