AFC Bournemouth are back in the Premier League just two seasons after returning to the Championship, and Scott Parker has made his first move in the market by signing Ryan Fredericks.
The former West Ham defender left the Irons earlier in the month his contract set to expire in the coming weeks, with the Cherries acting quickly to sign Fredericks ahead of the likes of Southampton and Fulham as reported by the Sun.
As per that report, Fredericks won’t be the only defensive signing Bournemouth make this summer, with Parker set to completely revamp the back four with new signings that should keep the south coast side in the Premier League come May 2023.
With many neutrals excited by the return of Bournemouth, what could the Cherries’ XI for next season look like in the Premier League following the signing of Fredericks, with Parker keen to add more new players to the squad in the coming weeks?
Scott Parker signs three defenders as Ola Aina reunites with former coach
As reported by the Sun, defence is the key area for Parker this summer, with Fredericks likely to be the club’s starting right-back next season in what could be a shrewd piece of business for the Cherries, who could also sign Nat Phillips on a permanent deal from Liverpool.
The centre-back featured heavily for Bournemouth last season after joining the club on loan in January, and with reports of talks going on, Phillips could return to the Vitality Stadium this summer if a deal can be agreed on, with club captain Lloyd Kelly set to keep his spot in central defence, along with Mark Travers in goal, who was incredible in the Championship.
As for a new left-back, Ola Aina could be a potential option for Parker, who actually signed the Nigerian international during his spell as Fulham manager in the 20/21 Premier League season. Given his versatility, the Torino defender could be a useful addition to the squad.
Phillip Billing remains as Ryan Christie and Jefferson Lerma start in midfield
Midfield is an interesting position for Bournemouth. Whilst the area could do with some strength in numbers, with Blackburn Rovers star Joe Rothwell also set to sign for free in the coming days, the Cherries’ current options could be enough to impress in the Premier League.
Indeed, Phillip Billing enjoyed arguably his best season yet in England under Parker, with the Dane hitting double digits in both goals and assists in what was a year to remember for the 26-year-old, with Jefferson Lerma also having a great year as the rock in midfield.
Given Parker’s tendency to switch between a 4-2-3-1 and a 4-3-3, Christie will likely retain his role as the attacking midfielder of the team, with the former Celtic star a player who thrives on the big stage and could be a breakout star in the Premier League next season.
Dominic Solanke leads as Aston Villa attacker Bertrand Traore joins the mix
With a career-best 28 goals last season in the Championship, Dominic Solanke has never looked more ready to take on the Premier League after years of promise and potential, with Parker managing to get the best out of the former Chelsea academy star.
Indeed, the striker wasn’t the only Bournemouth forward to enjoy a breakout year, with young gun Jaidon Anthony bursting onto the scene as the club’s undisputed left-winger, a position the 22-year-old will keep ahead of the Premier League next season.
That leaves just the right-wing, and in our predicted XI, we’ve gone for Aston Villa forward Bertrand Traore, who brings valuable experience to the Bournemouth attack and could be available at a cheap fee, with Steven Gerrard reportedly open to selling the Burkina Faso international.