Defoe: Relegation is not going to happen
AFC Bournemouth and England striker Jermain Defoe insists that the Cherries are not at risk of losing their place in the top flight of English football.
After a disappointing start to the 2017/18 Premier League campaign, AFC Bournemouth are in the bottom three following defeats to West Bromwich Albion, Watford and Manchester City.
This weekend sees AFC Bournemouth travel to Arsenal in another tough fixture, which could see the Cherries lose a fourth consecutive game and depending on results slip to the bottom of the table.
Asked if AFC Bournemouth could be relegated come the end of the Premier League campaign, Defoe told Sky Sports...
'It's not going to happen, 100 per cent it's not going to happen, not with how it is there,
'It's such a long season. It's so early to call but from what I've seen since I have been there we'll be fine.'
Defoe had to wait for his chance to break into the Cherries starting line up and the striker added...
...The reason why I missed the first two games was just a case of getting my fitness up. I missed the last two pre-season games as I'm just trying to get to the same level as the other lads.'
I am just as happy that the squad didn't lose any one important as I am that our perceived relegation rivals didn't sign any game-changing players either.
Despite the feel good factor of last season's placing in the table, I still see our very first priority as not going down and second to appear to be not going down.
That might be pessimistic, but I have been around far, far too long to think any other way when taking a long-term view. - Join the conversation here.
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