Bournemouth's Matt Ritchie showing Premier League class. January move?

Bournemouth AFC player huddle

Will Premier League interest be shown in Bournemouth's Matt Ritchie? Would he be open to a move as he helps push for promotion?

Given that he has been named League Two Player of the Year, League One Player of the Year and made a seamless transition to life in the Championship, you might have expected interest from the Premier League to have been shown in Matt Ritchie before now.

He is, however, still very much on the books at Bournemouth and dreaming of taking another step up in class with the Cherries.

The former Portsmouth man has graced the top-flight before, but that was during a period of upheaval at Fratton Park and he made just a couple of senior appearances before their alarming descent into the fourth tier began.

Ritchie has battled his way back admirably to be knocking on the door to the big time and is showing in the second tier that he deserves to be gracing that stage.

The 25-year-old offers a bit of everything, with his creative instincts complemented by a keen eye for goal and a willingness to do dirty work for the good of the collective cause.

  TeamGoalsGoal AssistTotal Scoring AttTotal TackleTotal PassAccurate PassAppearancesMins Played
Matt Ritchie Bournemouth 4 10 77 28 722 553 21 1,664

Were approaches to be made in January, you would expect them to come from the lower reaches of the Premier League.

Those struggling for inspiration in the final third will be scratching around for bargains and players who need no time in which to adjust to the demands of English football.

You get the feeling, though, that Ritchie would snub advances from such outfits, with there little point in him moving to potentially find himself back where he started six months down the line.

Instead, he will want to help Bournemouth build on a promising opening to the season which has them sat top of the Championship approaching the halfway stage.

Eddie Howe’s side are under no pressure to sell, so should be able to fend off any offers that are tabled, but it would come as no surprise if their resolve is tested when the transfer window re-opens at the turn of the year.

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