What are we able to be expecting from Scott Parker’s Bournemouth in FPL?

Our collection at the newly-promoted Premier League aspects continues with this take a look at Bournemouth’s supervisor, Scott Parker.

We will assess his control taste, most well-liked ways, predilection for rotation and openness with the clicking forward of the Cherries’ Fantasy Premier League (FPL) go back, in addition to having a look at spaces of his squad he may beef up in.

We’ve requested Bournemouth supporters and Fantasy Football Scout customers PaulRUK3 and FPLScofield for his or her enter right here, to offer a fan’s view.

An article at the Cherries’ assault will apply, whilst you’ll be able to learn up on a information to their defenders right here.

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A 4-3-3 was once through far Bournemouth’s most-used set-up in 2021/22, with that machine infrequently akin to a 4-2-3-1 because of central midfielder Philip Billing‘s complicated position in toughen of lone striker Dominic Solanke.

“Generally we’ve gone with a 4-3-3 in attack.

“The midfield three is led by Philip Billing, who plays off the striker. The wingers get high up the pitch, with Ryan Christie being the provider on the right and Jaidon Anthony sometimes tucking in with more of a goal threat.

“The other two midfielders – Jefferson Lerma and Lewis Cook – are fairly defensive and will offer little to nothing in attacking FPL returns. The full-backs/wing-backs try to get forward but not to the extent of your Alexander-Arnolds or Cancelos.” – FPLScofield

As is correct of a large number of managers, Parker will alternate method throughout fits relying at the rating.

Stopper Chris Mepham and defensive midfielder Ben Pearson would every now and then be thrown on if slender leads had been being defended, whilst a moment striker – latterly Kieffer Moore – can be presented if video games had been being chased.

Perhaps we may see extra of the defensive 3-5-2/3-4-3 within the Premier League, because it was once a machine Parker became to when managing Fulham within the height flight.

“Generally we didn’t have to change formation all year. We played three at the back in some games this year but that was rare. I suppose that could be the case more often in tougher Premier League games, though.

“Occasionally we’d switch in game when we were chasing. This would often mean someone like Kiefer Moore coming on up front with Solanke, so we’d play two up front.” – FPLScofield


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“Boring, boring Parker?”

The ‘mundane’ popularity has adopted the Bournemouth head trainer round ever since he first took rate of Fulham in 2019, with some cynics suggesting that his crab-like qualities as a participant at the moment are obvious within the groups he manages.

Cherries video games would apply a an identical trend for far of the season: a frenetic, high-pressing, ball-hogging get started would quickly give solution to a steady retreat, with Parker it sounds as if content material to relaxation on slender benefits or his younger facet reputedly shedding self assurance in the event that they hadn’t pinched an early purpose.

Ahmed Shooble wrote within the Athletic in May:

“As impressive as Bournemouth’s unbeaten start looks on paper, the majority of their wins were fought within fine margins, with the team occasionally riding their luck. Six games were won by a margin of one goal and only two were won by more than two goals. Four of those 15 games were draws while six of those matches also saw Bournemouth record an inferior expected goals (xG) total to their opponents. The only positive constant to come from this was Mark Travers’ sustained goalkeeping heroics to keep Bournemouth afloat in games they looked certain to spurn — helping the club to reach 19 clean sheets and concede just 39 goals.

“They were getting points on the board but some of the performances were much nervier than the five-point buffer they had opened up between themselves and the rest of the league suggested. Centre-back Chris Mepham and defensive midfielder Ben Pearson were often both called upon as defensive finishers to consolidate Bournemouth’s narrow leads, which saw the team drop into a deep-sitting five-man defence.

“Unsurprisingly, this caused opposition pressure to grow and resulted in some nail-biting finishes, leading some supporters to question why Parker refused to build on leads and when Bournemouth’s good fortunes would run dry.  

“Parker continued to toil in the fine margins, causing Bournemouth to drop to third in the table by the end of January and 10 points adrift of Fulham, who had already almost doubled their goal tally.

“It almost seemed like Bournemouth were trying too hard to score at times and were so deeply wedded to Parker’s drilled movements in the final third that they began to lose touch with their own attacking instincts. Throughout the season, Parker repeatedly referenced the importance of high-quality shooting opportunities — essentially taking shots in the box with a higher chance of resulting in a goal.”

There was once a little extra tactical ingenuity and attacking ambition from Parker within the final phases of 2021/22 (Solanke as a bunch 10 within the win over Coventry, as an example) however generally, our Bournemouth correspondents are in settlement concerning the conservative nature in their supervisor.

“He loves passing football. Wouldn’t say it’s alikened to walking the ball into the net but he certainly likes pretty football. However, we may have to get more ugly this year in order to stay up.” – FPLScofield

“We’re possession based, primarily, but hard working out of possession. We’ll be hard to beat if not the most entertaining. Expect low-scoring matches.” – PaulRUK3 on Bournemouth’s enjoying taste

During Parker’s final stint as a Premier League supervisor, there was once a well-recognized story.

If we take the freedom of ignoring a madcap first 3 Gameweeks wherein Fulham struggled to become familiar with top-flight soccer and conceded on 10 events, the Cottagers in reality didn’t do all too badly from a defensive viewpoint whilst suffering on the different finish: from Gameweeks 4-38, they ranked 8th for fewest targets conceded (43) and nineteenth for many targets scored (24).

So, then, be expecting fewer targets at both finish of the pitch than what we witnessed from the extra gung-ho Eddie Howe incarnation of the Cherries.

We’ll delve into extra of the underlying statistics from the 2021/22 Championship in our bespoke items at the Bournemouth defence and assault.


Rotation: the scourge of the Fantasy supervisor.

The likes of Pep Guardiola and Graham Potter make lifestyles a nightmare for FPL bosses and group information writers alike and many people lengthy for a height flight stuffed with Sean Dyches.

Parker was once, luckily, now not in reality a Tuchel-esque tinkerer in 2021/22.

“He prefers a settled side. Tweaks more than rotates.” – PaulRUK3

“The Championship schedule can be pretty brutal at times so we were forced into some rotation last year, but that was mainly in midfield (not Philip Billing). Dominic Solanke started every league game. Jaidon Anthony started 38 of the 46 fixtures and cameoed in seven more, so only missed one match. Philip Billing started 37 of the 40 games he was available for (one of his benchings was after promotion was sealed) and the centre-backs were pretty much nailed when fit. Ryan Christie played a lot as well but sometimes missed out during a busy schedule: he was one of our few internationals, so was more tired after an international break”. – FPLScofield


“Scott Parker has never been a coach to serve up soundbites, nor the type to provide the leading line in newspapers.

“Instead, his responses have tended to follow the mandatory managerial speak. Erudite enough to offer enough but also, perhaps contradictory, detailing very little.” – Jacob Tanswell, Bournemouth journalist

An earnest persona on paper, Parker has however tended to order his emotional absolute best for dressing room group talks or post-promotion outpourings.

There was once a slight alternate in his perspective in opposition to the season’s finish, then again, as Parker gravitated in opposition to an open method we FPL managers need from all our Premier League bosses.

“As the season reached its defining crescendo, Parker became more upfront and bullish.

“His guard had been lowered and fleeting snapshots emerged as to why he continues to be described as “very impressive” at the back of the scenes when addressing his gamers. All of a surprising, there was once an honesty and depth that made the ones within the room or fanatics studying his quotes sit down up and take realize.” – Jacob Tanswell

From this writer’s personal revel in of Parker in terms of group information, he’s in most cases been a decent type who doesn’t cover an excessive amount of knowledge away.


As discussed in our article on Bournemouth’s defenders, the expected exits of a couple of second-string defenders and the go back of a trio of loanees to their mum or dad golf equipment implies that reinforcements on the again are unquestionably the concern for Parker this summer time.

Goalkeeper Mark Travers doesn’t have a lot in the best way of backup, both.

In fact, there most definitely received’t be too many positions that can stay unbolstered over the summer time however Parker has lately stated that the regulars who helped the Cherries to promotion “deserved their chance” within the height flight.

“Mainly defence. I expect another centre-back to arrive, possibly Nat Phillips following his loan spell from Liverpool this season. We could also do with a number 10-come-9 player and others who can play in flexible positions. 

“Mepham and Stacey will leave I think. I would expect Zemura, Anthony and Christie to be very much challenged for game-time from new signings. Possibly Travers, too, if a new goalie comes in, but I hope not.” – PaulRUK3

“Definitely need a centre-back as Phillips has gone back to Liverpool. Might need a right-back, too, as Stacey is fairly injury prone and so we had to play Mepham there occasionally.” – FPLScofield

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