Date: 20th October 2015 at 5:35pm
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Matt Ritchie

27 April 2015 - Sky Bet Championship - AFC Bournemouth v Bolton Wanderers - Matt Ritchie of Bournemouth applauds - Photo: Marc Atkins / Offside.

Matt Ritchie cost Bournemouth just £400,000 back in January 2013.

It was a close call between Bournemouth’s wing wizard and the Cherries’ top goalscorer last season, Callum Wilson. But injury to the latter means Ritchie is crowned Bournemouth’s imaginary Ballon d’Or nominee after enduring a terrific calendar year in English football, so far. The 26-year-old, who arrived at the Goldsands Stadium from Swindon Town over two-and-a-half years ago, has outshone from League Two starter to Premier League star in the space of three years after helping the club clinch the Championship title on the final day of last season. Ritchie bagged a sensational 15 goals in 51 appearances in all competitions for Eddie Howe’s last term, helping Bournemouth reach the Promised Land for the first time in their 125-year history. A smashing long-range effort against Sunderland last month has been Ritchie’s Premier League highlight so far this campaign, although his misery with the Scotland national team missing out on qualification for the 2016 UEFA European Championship finals earlier this month has put a slight disheartening end to the winger’s 2015.

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