What should the objectives be for AFC Bournemouth this season?

A terrific debut season in the Premier League finishing 16th and five points clear of the drop, so what should be the season's targets for Eddie Howe's side?

The South Coast side exceeded expectations last term in staying in the Premier League but should AFC Bournemouth be looking to improve on last season's finish or should the club just be looking to maintain their top flight status once more?

Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe could be forgiven for setting his sights high, although it's important the club don't forget where they've come from, only seven seasons ago they were preparing for football in League Two. 

General view outside the stadium before the game

It's been a whirlwind 10 years with the club's future in the Football League put into doubt when the league threatened to block Bournemouth's participation in League Two, due to problems with the team's continuing administration and change in ownership. They've worked their way up the divisions with three promotions but it's crucial they don't lose their own identity. 

New signings such as Lewis Cook, Jordan Ibe and Nathan Ake have added a freshness although the three mentioned are under the age of 21, so reinforcements with experience will be needed to avoid that second season syndrome which so many clubs have come accustomed to.

Liverpool's Jordon Ibe

The main objective for AFC Bournemouth has to be survival and until they secure themselves another season in the Premier League, manager Howe cannot afford to look past that mark. 

They showed tremendous spirit after losing the likes of Callum Willson, Tyrone Mings and Max Gradel to injury for the duration of the season, but the challenge for Bournemouth will be to rediscover that spirit a second time around and create that atmosphere, togetherness and dynamic which enabled them to survive.

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe and players applaud the fans at the end of the game

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