Club: Bournemouth Fee: £20 million
Position: Defender It’s no coincidence that the Cherries’ worst spell of last season came in the immediate aftermath of the Dutch central defender’s recall to Chelsea at the start of January. Prior to his return to SW6, Bournemouth had kept clean sheets in their wins against Stoke, Leicester and Swansea (and came back from 3-1 down to beat Liverpool 4-3) from mid-november to the New Year. The south-coast side did not win again until mid-march – a run that included a 3-1 loss against doomed Hull as well as a 6-3 hammering away at Everton – and were in relegation trouble before a revival late on in the campaign. A club-record £20m arrival earlier in the summer, Ake must now build on that initial Dean Court promise – and cut out individual errors which prevented the young defender from fulfilling his potential under Antonio Conte. “It’s a short career,” Ake said on leaving the Blues, for whom he made five outings last season. “I’m 22 now, I feel like I have had good experience playing matches and you want to continue that.” If the Cherries’ early losses this term are anything to go by, he will need to.