Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe
Bournemouth won plenty of friends along the way too with their free flowing attacking style pleasing on the eye.
Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe and players applaud fans at the end of last season
Howe's men were rarely in any real danger of being dragged into the relegation mix in their debut season in the English top flight as Newcastle United, Aston Villa and Norwich City dropped through the dreaded trap door.
They will come unstuck this season, though, and be relegated back to the Championship.
That's the view of Sky Sports pundit and former Portsmouth hero Paul Merson who feels Howe's side will struggle this time out.
'This season they could struggle'
"Some people might be shocked by this, but I think Bournemouth might go down (in 18th place)," Merson told Sky Sports.
"They play good football, but at the end of last season teams were getting used to the way they were playing and became a lot cuter against them. This season they could struggle."
Merson feels the Cherries will be joined in the relegation zone by newly-promoted side Hull and Burnley.
Jordan Ibe has signed for Bournemouth from Liverpool
Returning stars and new boys make Cherries stronger
While the ex Pompey man makes some salient points, its must be noted that Howe somehow managed to keep Bournemouth up despite long-term injuries to their three key players Max Gradel, Callum Wilson and Tyrone Mills.
They have all three back fit this season and have splashed out on the likes of Jordon Ibe and Brad Smith from Liverpool, Lewis Cook from Leeds United, Lys Mousset from Le Havre and Nathan Ake on loan from Chelsea.
Bournemouth have one of the toughest starts, though, entertaining Jose Mourinho's title hopefuls Manchester United on the opening day before a daunting trip to the Olympic Stadium to face Slaven Bilic's West Ham.