In a strategic move set to invigorate their attack, Bournemouth FC has announced the signing of acclaimed Dutch forward Justin Kluivert. The 24-year-old joins the Cherries from Italian club Roma in a deal reportedly worth £9.6 million, demonstrating Bournemouth FC’s commitment to enhancing their squad’s performance for the upcoming 2023-24 Premier League season.
Justin Kluivert, renowned for his pace, direct style of play, and impressive technical ability, is no stranger to the international football scene. Born into a family of football legends, he is the son of former Ajax, Barcelona, and Newcastle striker Patrick Kluivert. Justin began his career in the youth system of Ajax, one of the top football clubs in the Netherlands.
Before his move to Bournemouth FC, Kluivert spent time on loan at Valencia, where he showcased his scoring prowess by netting eight goals in 29 appearances. Prior to that, he also enjoyed loan spells at prestigious clubs such as RB Leipzig and Nice, gaining valuable experience and developing his skills across different leagues.
The signing of Kluivert is the first under the Cherries’ new manager, Andoni Iraola, indicating a clear direction for the club’s future strategy. Iraola, likely recognising Kluivert’s potential and experience, seems to be investing in a robust offensive line-up for the coming season.
Bournemouth FC’s Chief Executive, Neill Blake, spoke highly of Kluivert, describing him as an “exciting and versatile attacking player who has an eye for goal.” Blake further expressed that Kluivert’s arrival aligns with the club’s ambition, setting a positive and expectant tone for the upcoming season.
The acquisition of Kluivert is expected to significantly bolster Bournemouth FC’s attacking options. The Cherries, whose joint-top goalscorers Dominic Solanke and Philip Billing scored seven goals each last season, will certainly benefit from the addition of a forward of Kluivert’s calibre.
As Bournemouth FC prepares to kick off their 2023-24 Premier League campaign at home against West Ham on August 12th, fans and football enthusiasts will keenly watch how Justin Kluivert integrates into his new team and how his addition impacts the club’s performance. His signing not only marks a significant investment but also sets an exciting precedent for the summer transfer window, leaving many curious about what other moves Bournemouth FC may have in store.