Since Eddie Howe returned to take the reins, The Cherries have gone from strength to strength in their campaign to rule the Championship. And rule it they currently are; topping the league before Christmas, and continuing to pull in the positive results.
The question is... Are AFC Bournemouth ready for the Big Time?
They had a brilliant run through the League Cup, until Liverpool came to visit, and they're through to the 4th round of the FA Cup, with Aston Villa waiting for them. My 8 year old son reckons Bournemouth could spoil it for them!
Having been a follower of AFC Bournemouth since my youth, there is now the very real chance that they could soon meet the mights of Manchester (United and City), Liverpool, Arsenal, Chelsea etc.
But. Is this a good thing? The financial force of these teams is way beyond anything the south coast team can consider, especially in the early days. Sure, television rights and sponsorship deals will soon boost the coffers, but is it enough.
There's also the consideration of the stadium. The Goldsands has a capacity of 12,000 supporters. Could they host the away followers of such huge clubs?
They're talking about expansion; but will it come soon enough?
Finally, there’s the pressure of staying in the top flight. It’s one thing getting there, it’s something else to retain the momentum and keep their place.
Don't get me wrong. It's a very exciting prospect and I'm sure that behind closed doors the clubs owner, Max Demin, and the directors will be considering all the permutations.
In the meantime, Eddie and his team must continue to work hard to protect their position, so when the time comes, they can hit the Big Time in style.