How big a player could Callum Wilson prove for AFC Bournemouth this season?

Despite failing to do themselves justice against Norwich City last time out, AFC Bournemouth have nonetheless begun their prestigious 2015/16 Premier League campaign in respectable style. Four points from five games certainly isn’t bad going for a club of Bournemouth’s size at this stage in the season, especially for a team as ambitious as this current Cherries outfit.


As most of the joy surrounding Eddie Howe’s side still remains focussed on Bournemouth’s impressive 4-3 away victory over West Ham last month, Callum Wilson looks like he’ll be the man scoring the goals for his side this campaign, and potentially keeping the Dean Court faithful clear from the threat of relegation by the end of the season.


Wilson proved the hat-trick hero for the Cherries away at Upton Park – and with another subsequently well taken finish against Leicester City in the match that followed – the 23-year-old Englishman seemingly has the chance to really make something for himself this term. The striker's overall potential certainly remains promising as the situation currently stands.


So then, with all the hype and sensation currently surrounding AFC Bournemouth in their first top-flight season in the Premier League, just how big a player could Callum Wilson ultimately prove for Eddie Howe’s team in 2015/16?


Well, if his form from last season is to prove anything to go by this term, Cherries fans may well have found themselves some serious reason for excitement. The former Coventry City youngster finished the 2014/15 campaign with twenty solid league goals to his name – not bad for a player who only just turned 23-years-old last February. Using his goal-scoring form as a strong basis for their impressive campaign last season, AFC Bournemouth seemingly took the Championship by storm and achieved promotion to the Premier League with relative ease in the end.


Callum Wilson therefore represents a truly promising asset for his side this season. Via his efficient ability to read the game in the final third, strong prowess in behind the last man of defence, and seeming reliability in one-on-one situations – the Dean Court favourite certainly brings a lot to the table for his manager in the English top-flight. As a potential call-up to Roy Hodgson's England squad seemingly wouldnt go down as the biggest shock in today's era – just ask Leicester City's Jamie Vardy – maybe the good times have only just begun for Bournemouth's up and coming striker. 


West Ham were left to lick their wounds after Wilson successfully sent three past the Hammers keeper earlier on this term, and seeing seeing as both Arsenal and Liverpool incidently failed to score one goal between them against the very same West Ham defence that Wilson saw off so easily, the frontman’s recent achievements all of a sudden start to ring true.


However, even if the rising Bournemouth star manages to maintain his end of the bargain throughout the 2015/16 campaign, the rest of his side simply must improve as an all-round unit to be successful this term. Ultimately, Cherries fans can’t exactly claim to host much genuine Premier League quality among their club’s ranks – through absolutely no fault of their own of course – so the defensive heads of Steve Cook and Tommy Elphick have to provide some solid foundations at the back, for the likes of Wilson to build upon later down the line.


Among Joshua King, Junior Stanislas and Matt Ritchie though, Eddie Howe arguably has a nice mix of youthfulness and efficiency among his striking options this season. With perhaps one or two more marquee signings sourced over the January transfer window, there ultimately remains no valid reason why AFC Bournemouth can’t defy all expectations and survive relegation this term.


If such a fairy-tale-like outcome is to eventually take place for the Dean Court faithful in 2015/16, Callum Wilson will simply have to continue his fine form throughout the entire league campaign – and equally manage to steer clear from the likely transfer speculation that will soon meet his name in many sports headlines across the coming months.

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