£116m of talent for just £5m – Seven bargains Eddie Howe unearthed to test transfer myth

Eddie Howe is often defined by the mistakes he’s made in the transfer market, with the media keen to remind us that he paid a combined £35m for Jordan Ibe and Dominic Solanke.

What many forget, however, is the fact he unearthed several gems during his time at Bournemouth and Burnley.

Starting with his time at Turf Moor, he signed Danny Ings, Kieran Trippier and Ben Mee for a combined £1m, signing the former as a 19-year-old who was handed his professional debut to in 2010.

Trippier and Mee were snapped up on frees from Man City’s reserves. The full-back is now a regular in Atletico Madrid’s side and Mee a key part of a Burnley defence that have kept them in the Premier League for the last six seasons.

Then to Callum Wilson, the £20m man who is described by some as the best striker we’ve had since Alan Shearer. He was discovered by Howe in 2014, arriving from Coventry after catching the eye in League One.

He went on to be a key player for Bournemouth, being involved in 97 goals in 187 appearances (67 goals and 30 assists), but wasn’t the only hidden gem Howe would unearth, with him also signing Joshua King (Blackburn) and Ryan Fraser (Aberdeen) for a combined £432,000.

All three cost just shy of £3.5m, yet these are players who ended up delivering some impressive numbers in the Premier League. Just look at the 2018/19 season:

  • Ryan Fraser – 7 goals, 14 assists
  • Callum Wilson – 14 goals, 10 assists
  • Joshua King – 12 goals, 3 assists

Last but certainly not least, it was Howe who gave goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale his Premier League debut after signing him from Sheffield United for just £800,000 back in 2017.

Fast forward a few years, he’s sealed a £30m move to Arsenal, is shining as their new number one and is expected to become an England regular in years to come.

Looking at recent transfer fees and the current market value of some of the above, I’ve worked out that these seven Eddie Howe signings are now valued at £116m – yet cost a combined £5.3m when he brought them to Bournemouth and Burnley.

So, for all the talk that Howe can’t be trusted with transfers after big money moves for Ibe and Solanke backfired, it’s worth noting that he clearly does have an eye for British talent and hidden gems in and around the EFL.

1.3m – 4.3 – 5.3 –

Ramsdale – 30m

Wilson – 20m

Ings – 25m

Trippier – 20m

Fraser – 9m

King – 7m

Ben Mee – 5m

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