Twelve months in the past, Jaidon Anthony hoped he’d achieved sufficient in pre-season to impress Scott Parker and maybe get a bit extra sport time for Bournemouth within the Championship.
He obtained that and a complete lot extra. The winger performed in all however certainly one of their league video games and shone in a shocking breakthrough marketing campaign because the Cherries sealed a triumphant return to the Premier League.
The 22-year-old suited Parker’s plans completely, scoring eight objectives and laying on six extra as Bournemouth pipped Nottingham Forest to computerized promotion in a tense closing week.
Jaidon Anthony loved a superb breakthrough marketing campaign in 2021-22 as Bournemouth received computerized promotion again to the Premier League. He scored eight objectives and assisted six extra
Electric winger Anthony fitted into Scott Parker’s sport plan completely and they’re seen throughout the celebrations that adopted Bournemouth’s promotion-sealing win over Nottingham Forest
Never one to face nonetheless for too lengthy, particularly when tearing via opponents on the left flank, Anthony intends to strategy his maiden top-flight marketing campaign with none concern.
That is the suitable mindset as a result of the fixture laptop hasn’t precisely blessed Bournemouth with a mushy touchdown on their Premier League return after two years away.
They open at residence to Aston Villa on Saturday however then face daunting journeys to Manchester City and Liverpool both facet of an encounter with Arsenal. Welcome again to the large time!
‘I really feel like each sport goes to be robust however then to get all these massive groups within the early days,’ Anthony tells Sportsmail on the eve of the brand new season.
‘But you by no means know what you are going to get at first of the season, it could be a great time to catch them.
Anthony (left) celebrated with Lewis Cook (centre) and Jordan Zemura (proper) after Bournemouth scored towards Bristol City throughout their promotion run-in
Now Anthony (pictured with Jamal Lowe) is gearing up for his first Premier League marketing campaign
Cherries’ robust begin
Saturday Aston Villa (H)
August 13 Man City (A)
August 20 Arsenal (H)
August 27 Liverpool (A)
August 31 Wolves (H)
September 3 Nottingham Forest (A)
‘That’s the best way I’m going into it, seeking to impress and hopefully get some factors on the board.
‘I at all times get a buzz off taking part in in entrance of huge crowds, exhibiting what I can do and hopefully I’ll thrive off that power.
‘There’s no concern in any respect. There is nothing to be petrified of, it’s a sport of soccer on the finish of the day.
‘We know they’ve high quality gamers however on our day, we will have a great sport towards anybody and that can be out perspective going into all the video games.’
Anthony, who hails from Hackney in London and frolicked in Arsenal’s academy as a teen, made his preliminary breakthrough into the Bournemouth staff throughout 2020-21 beneath Jason Tindall after which Jonathan Woodgate.
But when Arnaut Danjuma moved to Villarreal, Parker noticed a ready-made alternative on the left wing in Anthony and his religion was definitely repaid.
It was a curious season for Bournemouth at occasions. Under intense strain to get again to the highest division, they began fantastically and went unbeaten till their sixteenth sport towards Preston on November 2.
That was the set off for a mid-season wobble that raised fears they may as soon as once more be consigned to the uncertainty of the play-offs.
Bournemouth’s gamers benefit from the promotion celebrations on the finish of final season
Anthony performed all however certainly one of Bournemouth’s Championship video games throughout an excellent season
Jaidon Anthony factfile
Anthony was born and raised in Hackney. He spent 10 years in Arsenal’s academy alongside the likes of Emile Smith Rowe and Reiss Nelson.
Arsenal launched him on the age of 16 however discovered a route again into the sport due to Godfrey Torto and the Ask Godders Group.
The winger signed for Bournemouth’s academy after a profitable trial in 2016 and labored his approach as much as the primary staff.
Made his first-team debut in December 2020 and performed seven occasions that season beneath Jason Tindall and Jonathan Woodgate.
Scott Parker promoted Anthony to key first staff participant forward of 2021-22 and the winger scored eight objectives as Bournemouth secured their Premier League return.
But they discovered a second wind and misplaced solely certainly one of their final 14 video games to go up alongside Parker’s previous membership Fulham. A 1-0 residence win over Forest within the closing week of the season noticed them over the road.
‘It was a loopy yr,’ displays Anthony. ‘I hoped to play as many video games as doable, so to return away having performed 45 within the league was greater than I hoped for.
‘Then to realize the success as effectively, I used to be buzzing with the entire yr.
‘I did not simply wish to be a passenger on the staff, I wished to make an affect.
‘I used to be glad with the numbers and, to be sincere, I believed I might have gotten much more trying again. Hopefully I can preserve bettering on my finish product.
‘Scott has been prime with me ever since he got here in. He has instilled that perception in me and hopefully I’ve repaid it on the pitch and I’ll preserve making an attempt to take action.
‘I really feel each time I’m going on the pitch, I give 100 per cent and that will not ever change.
‘It’s an excellent relationship and hopefully we will create some extra good reminiscences collectively.’
Those numbers have been particularly spectacular when paired with Jordan Zemura, a Zimbabwe worldwide left-back.
The staff misplaced solely two of 32 video games when Anthony and Zemura labored in tandem, the Bournemouth Daily Echo calculated, and the staff’s factors common went up from 1.91 general to 2.33 final season once they performed collectively.
Despite this week’s arrival of Marcus Tavernier from Middlesbrough, Parker could be well-advised to stay with this profitable partnership.
‘We got here via collectively, we have been within the under-21s after which signed skilled,’ says Anthony.
Anthony, Zemura and Lowe welcome new signing Marcus Tavernier to Bournemouth
Anthony and agent Godfrey Torto mark Bournemouth’s ascent again to the Premier League
‘We have performed numerous soccer collectively and developed that understanding. I feel we’re simply so shut off the pitch as effectively.
‘On it, I do know what he needs and he is aware of what I need so we’ve got at all times managed to do effectively collectively, feed one another effectively and help one another.’
Parker inspired a entrance foot fashion final season which ensured Bournemouth have been capable of dominate a great variety of video games within the Championship.
But there was an acceptance across the camp that the Cherries will not have the ability to management proceedings in fairly the identical method within the Premier League.
Unfortunately, it’s the lot of any newly-promoted facet that they’re mechanically favourites with pundits and bookmakers to go straight again down once more. Bournemouth aren’t any exception.
Cherries supervisor Scott Parker has been working onerous on adaptable sport plans as they put together for the step up again to the Premier League
‘He [Parker] could be very massive on how it’s going to be a step up and also you would possibly see a unique fashion of play from us in sure video games,’ Anthony explains.
‘We have been working onerous to be good on the issues we’ll want, like set items. Hopefully we might be profitable in our new strategies and show lots of people flawed.
‘We must be adaptable. Our sport plan continues to be to dominate the ball in video games however we perceive the extent goes up and there are numerous groups that may try to dominate us.
‘It’s about adapting to a unique fashion and being onerous to beat. That is one thing we’ve got been engaged on.
‘Without perception it is not going to be doable and it our squad we’ve got the utmost perception in ourselves about what we will obtain.’