Chelsea defender Nathan Ake has stated that scoring the winner for AFC Bournemouth against Liverpool was the standout moment of his time on the south coast.
Ake made the move to the Cherries on a season long loan deal during pre-season.
The Netherlands Under 21 international had impressed following a run of starts in the Premier League where he had scored three goals, including the last minute winner a 4-3 victory over Liverpool.
He initially had to bide his time to break into the AFC Bournemouth XI, but when his chance came he held on to the shirt.
His performances however didn’t only impress those at Dean Court, but also those at Stamford Bridge and the Premier League leaders opted to cut short his loan to recall him to the full Chelsea squad.
Ake told afcb.co.uk…
‘…From the first day I joined I was made to feel part of the group. Everyone took me in and welcomed me and as a result both myself and partner settled quickly.
“Over the six months I feel I have developed as a player, both on and off the pitch. To start with I wasn`t playing too much, but I dealt with that mentally, kept going and was happy when I got my chance.
“I was able to learn a lot from the manager. He spoke to me a lot about how I could improve and I picked up a lot of little ideas and different ways of thinking.
“Of course the Liverpool game was the standout moment. It was a crazy game and to score the winning goal was an amazing feeling. It`s something that I`ll remember for the longest time…’
In your brief spell with us you showed what an exciting talent you are. One of our best loan signings in a while and remember we have a great beach at Bournemouth much better than the sad looking kings road. – Join the conversation here.
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