AFC Bournemouth defender Owen Bevan is reportedly set to join League One side Cheltenham Town on a season-long loan deal, as confirmed by journalist Jon Palmer.
The 19-year-old looks destined to make his EFL debut, following a series of Non-League loan spells, becoming Wade Elliott’s next addition in the third tier.
Who is Owen Bevan?
The centre-back has already featured for Wales U21s in his career, as well as having successful loan spells with both Truro City and Yeovil Town, despite the latter’s relegation last season. He has also made a Premier League appearance, playing eight minutes in the club’s 9-0 defeat against Liverpool last season.
A disappointing start
Life after Alfie May was always going to prove difficult for Cheltenham Town and that hasn’t got any easier after a poor start to their League One campaign.
Cheltenham have just one point from their opening four games, which came during Saturday’s goalless draw against Portsmouth. The club are also yet to score this season, conceding seven goals in all competitions but host Northampton on Saturday.
The search to replace Caleb Taylor
Last season, Cheltenham Town had the pleasure of West Bromwich Albion defender Caleb Taylor on loan and after playing 45 of the club’s 46 league games, it’s fair to suggest that his absence would cause problems this season.
The club may have added former Birmingham and Derby defender Curtis Davies, but they haven’t found the fortune of replacing Taylor as of yet. Elsewhere, Bevan is both a similar age and pedigree to Taylor and could be viewed as the replacement.
Cheltenham have struggled throughout the course of the season so far and needs to improve both defensively and in the final third for their upcoming matches.
Fresh from their first clean sheet of the season, the arrival of Bevan could continue to boost the morale of the back line, solving at least one of the issues that Wade Elliott is currently facing.