Because of media speculation, a defender leaving AFC Bournemouth through this January transfer window does not come as a surprise, rumours surrounding Nathan Ake’s possible move to Chelsea, however, seem to have quietened down in recent months.

In actuality, some reports have indicated that Chelsea director Frank Lampard has started to look in a different direction for defensive reinforcements, which leaves Arsenal as possible suitors for the Netherlands global.

But if they do not make a strategy and Ake stays for the next half of this 2019/20 Premier League campaign, another centre-back could leave Dean Court.

Determined by the south coast among the kids, having come through the AFC Bournemouth youth program, Simpson is now approaching his mid-twenties and has very little to show for his career thus far.

He made his debut in the League Cup against Middlesbrough in October 2017 and two weeks after he made his Premier League debut against Manchester City enjoying 72 minutes.

“He’s a player of enormous potential and promise but is coming to an age where he probably feels that he needs regular soccer. It has obviously got to be appropriate for us and for him personally.

“He has that rare composure on the ball. I remember one of those first performances he gave at Chelsea, as good a performance I have seen with the ball from a centre-half in a long long time.

“He has that ability to discover passes under pressure. He appears to rise to the event, which is a fantastic quality to have emotionally.

“Physically he is good. I want him back to get there if that is with us when it comes to getting in our group, or perhaps looking out on loan.”

Because of injuries to other players, he has sat on the seat when he could and probably should have been out on loan. He is never going to improve if he does not get game time and Lloyd Kelly’s match, at last, I think he must be permitted to go out on loan. Realistically, Eddie Howe is not going to give him more than 3 or 4 games before the end of the season anyway.

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