A knee injury kept him out of action for the majority of the campaign, but the Turkish striker scored 35 league goals across his past two seasons. Andoni Iraola knows his capabilities, having drawn up plans to stop the 26-year-old during the Cherries boss’ time at Rayo Vallecano, and this move showcases that Iraola believes he can perform in England.
Unal’s arrival could help ease the blow of losing Solanke and likely make Bournemouth more open to a late sale if their asking price of £50m is met. Iraola himself admitted that the club may not be able to hold onto their best players, with Spurs ready to test their resolve.
“Dom (Solanke), Lloyd Kelly, they are some of our best players for sure. But you never know what’s going to happen every time the window is open,” Iraola said in December. “Of course, I want to keep our best players. If we are talking about these players, there is no doubt that they are playing really well. We’ll see what happens.”