Scouting report: Everything West Ham fans need to know about Bournemouth
By Danny Wright
West Ham travel to Bournemouth for their next Premier League fixture on Saturday.
A win for the Hammers could see them rise into the top half of the table above Stoke and Southampton, provided the two clubs lose their respective matches.
However standing in their way is a challenging trip to face Eddie Howe’s side, capable of giving anyone a game despite perhaps under-delivering this season.
Here, Football Insider identifies three Bournemouth players that West Ham should watch out for this weekend.
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The 27-year-old’s story is quite a compelling one. From humble beginnings at Charlton’s youth academy, spells at Staines, Welling and Woking bought him to Bournemouth in 2010.
He’s been with the club since their days in League One and has been a part of every step the club has taken to be where it is today.
Bournemouth is at the heart of Arter and you can tell that when he’s on the pitch that he will do whatever it takes for him to help his side.
Arter is crucial to the Cherries midfield and has played in all but one of the club’s league games this season.
He’s made over 220 appearances for the club in total and is one man that West Ham fans should not take lightly on Saturday.
The former Manchester United flop is Bournemouth’s top scorer this season with a total of eight goals to his name.
Despite his club’s poor form in 2017, King has managed to score four goals in his last four games for the Cherries which included a crucial penalty strike against his former club in the 1-1 draw at the weekend.
King is in a hot streak of form and the West Ham defence will have to remain on their toes if they want to stop him from scoring in his third consecutive game.
The Norwegian international signed for the Cherries in 2015 from Blackburn despite only scoring a handful of goals during his time at Ewood Park.
However King appears to have finally hit the form that was expected of him since his days at United and is certainly one for Bilic to keep an eye on.
There’s no doubt that Wilshere can be a world-beater when he is in form, but unfortunately he hasn’t hit the heights expected of him at Bournemouth this season and has only contributed to two goals in 23 appearances for the club.
He was left on the bench for the 1-1 draw with United last Saturday but he could be back in the fold to welcome West Ham to the south coast and will be one of the most energetic players on the pitch after a couple of weeks off.
The Arsenal loanee has a touch of class about him that puts him a cut above most of Bournemouth’s other players and despite his lack of goals and assists, he still puts in solid performances each and every week.
If West Ham allow Bournemouth too much time on the ball this weekend, Wilshere could be one of the players that could really hurt their chances of a win.
In other West Ham news, David Gold has delivered his verdict on the London Stadium.