Juan Iturbe will move from AS Roma to AFC Bournemouth on loan when the January Transfer window opens after the deal was completed today.
The deal is set to see Iturbe move to Bournemouth until the end of the season for a fee of £1.1m. Bournemouth will also have the option to sign the Argentinian forward on a permanent deal at the end of the season for a fee of £16m.
The player had been close to agreeing a similar deal with Watford, however, they pulled out after Bournemouth declared their interest as they were not willing to participate in a bidding war.
So what about Iturbe’s credentials? Will he succeed in the Premier League where so many other similar signings have failed?
His career really took off when he moved to the Italian side Hellas Verona ahead of the 2013/14 season. During this season, playing in Serie A, he scored 8 goals and notched 4 assists from a total of 39 chances created. He also managed 99 take ons during the season, a stat only bettered by Juan Cuadrado that season in the Italian top flight. Another key statistic from this season relevant to Dugout FC’s scoring model is that he was fouled on average 2.3 times per game. In a more physical premier league, this will likely see him pick up a point for Fouls Suffered in at least a few games this season.
At the end of the season, he moved to AS Roma where his stats are slightly less impressive. During the course of last season, he managed only 2 goals and 1 assist in the league, however, this was from only 27 appearances, 10 of which were from the substitutes bench. So far this season, he’s managed only 1 goal from 12 appearances, 9 of which were from the bench.
Given the facts above, the likelihood of Iturbe proving a success in the premier league will come down to whether Bournemouth will give him the chance he needs by giving him as much playing time as possible. We’ve seen at Hellas Verona, that given the playing time he can prove a very influential player and with the gap in the side left by Callum Wilson which no one seems to have really made their own at the club just yet, this may be his chance to prove his worth again in the Premier League.