Transfer season really is upon us now isn’t it? In a little over a week after the Premier League has ended, we have already seen a flurry of activity happen within the league with players moving from club to club and some coming in from overseas.
One move that stayed within the borders of England, was Asmir Begovic’s move from Chelsea to Bournemouth. The move came as no real surprise as he was sure to seek more first team football after not being able to play much under Thibaut Courtois who has become one of the world’s best goalkeepers. While this leaves a spot open in the Chelsea GK line, Begovic will immediately become a starter while at Bournemouth. The fee is believed to be between 10 to 15 million pounds.
Begovic is still only 29 years old, which I will be honest, shocked me as well, so he has some good years ahead of him still. Begovic has played his entire professional career in England apart from one loan move to La Louviere while under contract at Portsmouth. He moved to Chelsea after making 160 appearances at Stoke City where he became a regular for the Potters before Jack Butland started becoming one of the hottest young talents in England.
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) May 30, 2017
Begovic seems to be suited a lot more for a team in the middle of the pack in England as he will play every weekend and be the first name on the team sheet. When Begovic played for Chelsea he did well and impressed while not ever being the first choice keeper for the Blues. He finally did what he wanted to accomplish while at Chelsea by winning a League Title and now he can leave the club knowing he helped the team win the most prestigious trophy in the country and one of the most lucrative trophies in the world.
I believe this move will be beneficial to both Bournemouth and Begovic and could even help the club move into a more lucrative Europa league spot next season. Begovic could prove to be the difference between Bournemouth finishing 10th or lower to becoming a team that can finish 8th or higher next year. With manager Eddie Howe in charge, anything is possible.
Thank you very much Mr. Chairman https://t.co/tQ1cObVyv8
— Asmir Begovic (@asmir1) May 31, 2017
Begovic’s move leaves one spot open for Chelsea next season assuming Courtois stays at the club, so who fills it? A young keeper from within the club or do Chelsea go after another good keeper to back up the Belgian? Personally, I think Chelsea will purchase someone soon, but I am unsure of who they will go after.