Bournemouth’s form seems to walk hand in hand with that of their star striker, Callum Wilson.
On Christmas Day last year Wilson was in the form of his life; banging in goals and being linked with Chelsea and Man United after breaking into the England squad.
The Cherries were sat in eighth and were on the charge for European football, but just 13 months later the big clubs have cooled their interest in the 27-year-old and the south coast club are facing a fight to stay in the top flight.
The ever-understated Eddie Howe said his club were in a ‘difficult moment’ after losing 3-0 to relegation rivals Watford at the weekend.
Since beating Man United in early November, Bournemouth have won just one game out of 11 in the Premier League.
Unfortunately for Wilson, that one win against Chelsea was the only League game he didn’t feature in this season.
The English striker has failed to score since September and hasn’t even had a shot on target since October.
A truly remarkable stat.
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Wilson scored on his England debut last season and looked a shoo-in for a spot in the Euro 2020 squad.
With the likes of Danny Ings, Marcus Rashford and Tammy Abraham all in great nick this season, it looks like the Bournemouth man will miss out on the tournament.
The man who scored 14 League goals last season is now 12/1 to make Gareth Southgate’s 23 man squad.
It’s funny how much the game can change in a year – just ask Howe.
It’s shocking to think the Cherries might need to drop Wilson but, perhaps even more surprisingly, there is now serious talk about the club parting company with the man who made them what they are today.
Howe has seemed untouchable at Bournemouth having brought them to the Premier League from League One back in 2012.
He, like Wilson, was linked with the ‘Big Six’ on numerous occasions and was considered the ‘golden boy’ of English management.
The 42-year-old is now the favourite to be sacked next in the Premier League with the club in 19th and in desperate need of a turn in fortunes.
Bournemouth will have had a close eye on Watford’s situation and will be wondering whether now is the time to pull the trigger on the man who has done so much for the club.
The Hornets brought in Nigel Pearson – the king of great escapes – and have won four out of their last five League games.
But Bournemouth can barely remember life without Howe and his time with the club carries far more sentiment than Quique Sanchez Flores’ four month reign at Watford.
If Bournemouth are to dodge the drop this season you feel Wilson will be key, he carried them to the top flight and has scored 38 goals since his arrival in the big league.
His manager’s job may be reliant on the striker rediscovering his goal-scoring touch.
Or at least remembering how to get a shot on target.
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