FM17: Bournemouth Squad Player Ratings Breakdown

Here’s the Bournemouth team on Football Manager 2017 with all the player ratings and values revealed and broken down to help you understand your squad.

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As it goes, Bournemouth’s squad is pretty well balanced to begin with and you won’t need to make too many changes in your first season to stay in the Premier League, even to seek a top half finish. Any changes you do make, however, will have to be self-funded as you have a very small budget to start with. There a couple of loan signings, Jack Wilshere and Nathan Ake, that you will need to keep your eye on as they return to their parent clubs once the season is up.

The problems will begin when Ake and Wilshere return to their parent clubs. They’re two of your best players and they’ll need replacing. Look for a playmaker with good composure, vision, creativity and passing attributes or risk lacking creativity and, therefore, goals. When Ake leaves, you’ll be short of defenders, so perhaps signing someone on a permanent basis in your first season would be a good start to pre-emptively combat this problem.

Transfer budget: £3,600,000

Wage budget: £885,428

GOALKEEPERS

Position Player Current Rating Potential Rating Age Nationality Value
Goalkeeper Artur Boruc 3 3 36 Poland £575k
Goalkeeper Adam Federici 3 3 31 Australia £5m

Note the advancing age and similar star ratings of both Boruc and Federici. One of your biggest priorities will be signing a new ‘keeper to take over first team duties. You may be best selling Federici at the start as he can still command some sort of transfer fee and letting Boruc see out his days as your number one until a replacement has been found.

DEFENDERS

Position Player Current Rating Potential Rating Age Nationality Value
Defender Adam Smith 3 3 25 England £7.25m
Defender Marc Wilson 3 3 28 Ireland £7.75m
Defender Simon Francis 4 4 31 England £3.4m
Defender Steve Cook 3 3 25 England £9m
Defender Tyrone Mings 3 3.5 23 England £5.25m
Defender Nathan Ake 3.5 3 21 Netherlands £11.25m
Defender Charlie Daniels 3.5 3.5 29 England £5.5m

Note the high current rating of Simon Francis; for now, you should be looking to build your defence around him. Nathan Ake is also one to keep an eye on as he’s a young player with a high current and potential rating, though he is only on loan at Bournemouth. The same can be said for Tyrone Mings. Fullbacks will be a little concerning, however, as only Daniels and Smith can play the position, with the former aging quite significantly. Given the low transfer budget, a loan signing may be your best option if you’re short of cover.

MIDFIELDERS

Position Player Current Rating Potential Rating Age Nationality Value
Midfielder Andrew Surman 3.5 3.5 29 England £6.25m
Midfielder Lewis Cook 2.5 4 19 England £10m
Midfielder Jordon Ibe 3 3.5 20 England £12.25m
Midfielder Max Gradel 4 4 28 Ivory Coast £15.25m
Midfielder Harry Arter 4 4 26 Ireland £17.75m
Midfielder Dan Gosling 3 3 26 England £8.75m
Midfielder Marc Pugh 3 3 29 England £7.5m
Midfielder Junior Stanislas 3 3 26 England £5.75m
Midfielder Ryan Fraser 2.5 3.5 22 Scotland £8.5m
Midfielder Jack Wilshire 4 4.5 24 England £21m

In Jack Wilshere, you have a real gem here and his versatility in terms of his stats means he can play either a holding role or a more advanced number ten position behind the striker. He should be the focal point of your midfield. Perhaps have him tutor Lewis Cook who is young and has a high potential rating and can fill the position once Wilshere returns to his parent club. If you’re short of funds, Fraser could be sold since there is an abundance of players that can play in his position. Also note the high potential ratings of Gradel, Arter and Ibe.

STRIKERS

Position Player Current Rating Potential Rating Age Nationality Value
Striker Joshua King 2.5 3 24 Norway £10.75m
Striker Benik Afobe 3.5 4 23 England £12.25m
Striker Lewis Grabban 2.5 2.5 28 England £5m
Striker Callum Wilson 3.5 4 24 England £18.75m

Bournemouth are, luckily, in a good position up front as they have Afobe and Wilson who are both young and have high potential ratings. They’re good enough to start straight away and, with the right guidance, can turn into top class players. If one isn’t getting enough game time, it may be worth considering a loan deal for the first season.

Oli Stein

Oli graduated from the University of Bristol with a degree in History and has worked with RealSport since September 2016. Currently assistant football editor and Tottenham correspondent. Follow him on Twitter: @steinoliver_

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