Relegation candidates Bournemouth will do well to keep their head above water in the coming weeks under new boss Andoni Iraola after the Cherries have already begun a trying early period of the new 2023-24 Premier League season despite a positive summer that showed some signs of growth on and off the pitch.
An opening draw against Europa Conference League holders West Ham was certainly a good point on the books, but a loss against Liverpool is now followed up by a clash with Tottenham at the weekend, and then further difficult ties against Brentford, Chelsea, Brighton, and Arsenal.
Despite a shock managerial change that possibly improved their level on the touchline, the hope now is that, as their new man and signings continue to bed in at Vitality Stadium, the season won’t be over before October.
Cherries boss Andoni Iraola could very well name an unchanged XI after their matchday two loss against Liverpool on account of having no fewer than five players still unfit for service. Dango Ouattara, Marcus Tavernier, Ryan Fredericks, Alex Scott, and Emiliano Marcondes are all still laid up in dry dock and unavailable for action.
Lewis Cook and Adam Smith will face late assessments to gauge any potential involvement, but there is little to suggest that the Basque manager will be forced into any changes on the day.