At the start of the season, Bournemouth were the favourites to be relegated from the Premier League, despite finishing second in the Championship on 88 points in the 2021/22 campaign, just two shy of Fulham.
Bournemouth brought in just six players in the summer transfer window, with just two of them being signed for a transfer fee, in the shapes of Marco Senesi of Feyenoord and Marcus Tavernier from Middlesbrough for a combined £24m. Their other signings saw Joe Rothwell, Neto and Ryan Fredericks join the Cherries on free transfers, whilst Jack Stephens arrived on loan from Southampton.
Despite many of these being decent signings, it wasn’t initially deemed a sufficient transfer window to give the Cherries a platform to survive in the Premier League. Scott Parker was notably aggravated by this, and despite beating Aston Villa 2-0 at The Vitality Stadium on the opening weekend, 4-0, 3-0 and 9-0 losses to Manchester City, Arsenal and Liverpool culminated in the former West Ham midfielder’s sacking after a fall-out with the board.