They've spent more than Real Madrid, but have Bournemouth spent well?

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe acknowledges fans after the game

After avoiding the drop last term, can Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth spring up the Premier League table and cause another surprise?

AFC Bournemouth spending more than Real Madrid? Yes, it's true. It's time to assess the summer spending on the south coast so far.

Jordan Ibe 
Certainly a huge coo to get someone of the calibre of Jordan Ibe at the Vitality Stadium, a player who lacked regular opportunities at Anfield will be keen to showcase his ability for the Cherries. Strong, quick, intelligent and an eagerness to run at defenders will add a different dimension to the Bournemouth attacks.

Liverpool's Jordon Ibe celebrates scoring their first goalLiverpool's Jordon Ibe celebrates scoring 

Brad Smith 
Another player who's joined from Anfield, the Australian international will provide healthy competition for the current left back position especially with Tyrone Mings potentially returning in the near future. 

Bournemouth's Brad Smith in actionBournemouth's Brad Smith in action

Lewis Cook 
A long term target for Eddie Howe with the player excelling in the Championship at Leeds United and also an England U19 international. The teenager picked up the Football League Young Player of the Year last term after as well as winning the club's Young Player of the Year and Goal of the Season for his strike against Fulham.

Leeds United’s Lewis Cook scores their first goalNew summer signing Lewis Cook 

Lys Mousset
The Cherries signed the France Under-20 striker for a modest £5.4 million from Le Havre. Howe may have to nuture the youngster into life in English football although coming from Le Havre where the likes of Dimitri Payet and Riyad Mahrez have excelled, they'll be hoping for a similar outcome.

An active transfer window has added freshness and excitement around the south coast, the questions will remain as to whether the new summer signings can contribute to another fantastic season for Eddie Howe's men.

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