Parker wants to add “competition” for places after Surridge departure

Sam Surrudge left Vitality Stadium last week, joining Championship rivals Stoke City as the Ferndown-raised striker sought more first team action but Scott Parker is keen to add more depth to his squad.

Parker revealed the number nine position is one the club “will probably want to strengthen” and wants to “give competition to Dom [Solanke]” for the upcoming season.

Speaking to Nerve Sport, the Bournemouth head coach said: “That is an area where we are light, we have one real nine in Dom. 

“Christian Saydee is a guy who has impressed me but is a young boy and has not played a lot of football, not at this level just yet, but that is not to say he can’t and won’t this year. 

“But certainly it’s a position I’d probably like to strengthen a little bit and give competition to Dom as well.”

“I think that is vitality important, and that is not just to bring players in to take other players’ positions, it is more about the competition and the healthy competition that brings into a playing squad and it is vitally important that you want to be competitive.

“You want players constantly on their toes to get the best out of them and that is vitally important we try and do that, so certainly that is a position we will probably want to strengthen.”

Parker also revealed, ahead of this weekend’s clash with Nottingham Forest, that the club “was trying” to do some deals for new players but that is “difficult” in the current market and that finding any loan deals will likely happen towards the end of the transfer window.

“We are trying, we are around certain things and trying to do certain things but it’s proving difficult, like everything is,” he explained.

“The club’s that are going to loan players, they are not going to loan players at the moment. 

“They still have a couple of weeks left, they are going to keep them in-house, with internationals and the Euro’s their squads have come back late so of course they are going to want full squads.

“In terms of that there will probably be some late movements and like anything, you often find the best players from the teams you want to sign don’t want to let them go, you have the competition of other clubs wanting them as well so there are a lot of factors here, which are challenges but we are doing all we can to try and strengthen.” 

Parker would also not be drawn on commenting on individual players when it was suggested Peterborough’s Jonson Clarke-Harris was a player the club had previously been interested in and whether or not he was a player that was still of interest.

The striker was in fine form last season as Peterborugh won promotion back to the Championship, scoring 31 goals in 45 appearances for The Posh.

It remains to be seen if the Dorset club will add to their squad this season but there are clear signs that attempts to add depth to a small squad are being made.

Sam Surrudge left Vitality Stadium last week, joining Championship rivals Stoke City as the Ferndown-raised striker sought more first team action but Scott Parker is keen to add more depth to his squad.

Parker revealed the number nine position is one the club “will probably want to strengthen” and wants to “give competition to Dom [Solanke]” for the upcoming season.

Speaking to Nerve Sport, the Bournemouth head coach said: “That is an area where we are light, we have one real nine in Dom. 

“Christian Saydee is a guy who has impressed me but is a young boy and has not played a lot of football, not at this level just yet, but that is not to say he can’t and won’t this year. 

“But certainly it’s a position I’d probably like to strengthen a little bit and give competition to Dom as well.”

“I think that is vitality important, and that is not just to bring players in to take other players’ positions, it is more about the competition and the healthy competition that brings into a playing squad and it is vitally important that you want to be competitive.

“You want players constantly on their toes to get the best out of them and that is vitally important we try and do that, so certainly that is a position we will probably want to strengthen.”

Parker also revealed, ahead of this weekend’s clash with Nottingham Forest, that the club “was trying” to do some deals for new players but that is “difficult” in the current market and that finding any loan deals will likely happen towards the end of the transfer window.

“We are trying, we are around certain things and trying to do certain things but it’s proving difficult, like everything is,” he explained.

“The club’s that are going to loan players, they are not going to loan players at the moment. 

“They still have a couple of weeks left, they are going to keep them in-house, with internationals and the Euro’s their squads have come back late so of course they are going to want full squads.

“In terms of that there will probably be some late movements and like anything, you often find the best players from the teams you want to sign don’t want to let them go, you have the competition of other clubs wanting them as well so there are a lot of factors here, which are challenges but we are doing all we can to try and strengthen.” 

Parker would also not be drawn on commenting on individual players when it was suggested Peterborough’s Jonson Clarke-Harris was a player the club had previously been interested in and whether or not he was a player that was still of interest.

The striker was in fine form last season as Peterborugh won promotion back to the Championship, scoring 31 goals in 45 appearances for The Posh.

It remains to be seen if the Dorset club will add to their squad this season but there are clear signs that attempts to add depth to a small squad are being made.

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