Chelsea loanee Nathan Aké has been impressed with AFC Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe during his first few months on the south coast.
The Dutch Under 21’s international joined the Cherries on a season-long loan move from Chelsea at the start of the season.
Aké is an extremely versatile player, able to operate at left back, centre back and in central midfield.
But as yet he is yet to break into the Cherries squad in any of those positions on a regular basis.
He has thus far made four appearances for AFC Bournemouth, with two starts in the EFL Cup and two substitute appearances in the Premier League totalling 13 minutes.
But despite his lack of game time and previous experience working with managers such as UEFA Champions League winners Jose Mourinho and Rafael Benitez, he has still been impressed by Howe.
Aké told the Daily Echo…
“(Howe) is a bit different to the other managers I`ve had. He works more in training. He always likes to work at 100 per cent, work the players hard.
“He does things tactically very well. I really like him as a manager. He`s a good manager and a good coach. He tries to help and improve the players.”
“When I came in for the first couple of days, the other players really tried to help, After a couple of months, you start to know the place and it`s not really necessary any more. But on the pitch, of course, they still try to help me.
“I saw straight away that the team is tight. There`s a lot of things to do. Sometimes you go to the cinema with other players. It`s a good group so it was easy to settle in.”
‘I can’t help feeling that (against Watford) had Ake been either at Left Back instead of Daniels, or in front of the defence instead of Surman, he’d have either put Amrabat in the front row of the stand for the first, or he’d have given Success enough pressure to stop him nonchalantly heading ball into our net for the second.
There’s a reason Ake is highly regarded by Watford, a club we’re level pegging with, and a reason he was ever present in their defence last season, which was a far better defence than ours. – Join the conversation here.
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