Cherries secure starlet’s signature19 May 2019
by Chris Stonadge
The summer transfer window began with Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth snapping up young full-back Lloyd Kelly from Bristol City.
Lightning quick with defensive intelligence beyond his years, the Bristolian cost the Cherries £13m to make the step up to the Premier League.
Kelly began his career and developed through the youth ranks with the Robins, making his debut in an EFL Cup victory over Plymouth Argyle in August 2017, and scored his first senior goal just four months later against Reading. He finished the 2017/18 as the ‘Senior Reds Young Player of the Year’ after making 14 appearances.
Last season Kelly more than doubled his appearance tally and earned call-ups to England’s Under 20 and Under 21 sides. This prompted interest from the majority of top flight clubs, including Liverpool, Manchester United and Tottenham.
Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe moved quickly to secure the starlet’s signature for a modest fee in today’s market of £13m, which could prove to be a risk-free, successful piece of business for the Cherries. If he succeeds this season his price-tag could, at least, double.
Kelly could have been brought in to replace a potentially outgoing Tyrone Mings, an injury-prone Simon Francis and an ageing Charlie Daniels, still maintaining a British core to Bournemouth’s squad.
Kelly boasts strengths in aerial duels and dribbling ability, which immediately seems suiting to the style of the Premier League, but the full-back would need to work on ball retention and passing success if he were to fit in more under Eddie Howe.
Overall, Kelly seems like a smart piece of business by Bournemouth and promises well for the future.