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Junior Stanislas

Date of birth:
26th November 1989
Date signed:
1st July 2014
Huddersfield Town V Bournemouth
Previous clubs:
West Ham, Burnley

Junior Stanislas has been an integral member of the AFC Bournemouth squad since joining on a free transfer from Burnley in June 2014.

The winger made 99 appearances, scored 20 goals and provided 12 assists during the Cherries’ five-year stay in the Premier League between 2015 and 2020.

Stanislas came through the much-vaunted academy ranks at West Ham and got his first taste of first-team football during a loan spell with Southend United in 2008/09.

He made nine League One and FA Cup appearances for the Shrimpers before being handed his Premier League debut as a 68th-minute substitute for Savio Nsereko during West Ham’s 0-0 draw with West Brom at Upton Park in March 2009 when he was aged 19.

He scored on his full Premier League debut in a 2-0 win against Sunderland at Upton Park in April 2009 and netted the winner on the final day of the season against Middlesbrough in a 2-1 win at Upton Park in May 2009.

Stanislas scored eight goals in 47 appearances in all competitions for the Hammers before moving to Burnley in August 2011.

He worked under former Cherries boss Eddie Howe during his time at Turf Moor, registering eight goals in 101 games in all competitions and helping them win promotion to the Premier League in 2013/14.

Stanislas reunited with Howe at Vitality Stadium ahead of the start of the 2014/15 season but was restricted to six starts and seven substitute appearances as the Cherries lifted the Championship title.

He made his debut in a 4-0 win over Huddersfield Town on the opening day and scored his solitary league goal of the season in a 1-0 win against Brentford which proved crucial in the final reckoning.

One of his most memorable games in a Cherries shirt came in the club’s first Premier League season when he scored two late goals to seal a 3-3 draw at home to Everton.

Stanislas’s most productive goal return in the top flight saw him net seven times as the Cherries came ninth in 2016/17, the club’s highest finish in the Premier League.

Injuries limited his game time in the following two seasons, although Stanislas netted in the memorable 3-0 win at Chelsea in January 2018 and in the emphatic 5-0 victory at Brighton in April 2019.

In 2017/18, 2018/19 and 2019/20, Stanislas bagged ten goals in 57 appearances in the Premier League, bringing his total for the Cherries and West Ham to 140 games, 26 goals and 14 assists.

Stanislas provided two assists as the Cherries enjoyed a nine-match unbeaten start in the Championship in 2020/21, including one for Arnaut Danjuma as the Dutchman rounded off a superb team move in the 3-1 win over Birmingham City in November.

Finishing the season with ten goals and five assists from 36 matches, Stanislas earned a two-year contract extension in the summer of 2021. 

However, the experienced winger found the 2021/22 campaign to be a frustrating experience in terms of injuries, being restricted to just seven showings. 

His two assists did contribute to the Cherries' on-field success, winning automatic promotion to the Premier League for only the second time. Only Stanislas and Adam Smith were members of the squad on both occasions.

During his time at West Ham, Stanislas was capped by England at under-19, under-20 and under-21 level.


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