It may be early days to start thinking about relegation, but Bournemouth midfielder Andrew Surman is already worried about getting ‘left behind’.
The Cherries managed a commendable ninth-place finish last season, but were beaten 1-0 by West Brom in their opening Premier League match at the Hawthorns last weekend.
“You have got to be so careful not to think you’ve just cracked it,” Surman told Sky Sports. “You can’t relax and think, ‘We’ve had two seasons here now so we’re alright’.
“That’s a dangerous game to play because you have to keep improving and evolving. Squads and teams are getting stronger and if you’re not careful you can get left behind.
“That has been the message throughout pre-season and that’s why we want to start the season well.
“We dropped points against West Brom but we want to get points on the board as quickly as possible. If you’re not careful, and you take things for granted, it can be too late.”
Next up for the Cherries is their first home match of the season against Watford, who drew 3-3 with Liverpool in their opening match.
“Watford looked very strong on Saturday,” the Johannesburg-born defender added. “Although they salvaged a point at the end, in a way they probably did enough to win the game.”
“It’s going to be a tough game. They will see themselves as an established side in the Premier League.”