AFC Bournemouth’s Chelsea loanee Nathan Ake has described his full debut in the Premier League for the Cherries as ‘the perfect day’.
With Adam Smith suspended, Cherries manager Eddie Howe opted to move captain Simon Francis from centre back to right back, shift Steve Cook over from the left side of central defence to the right and bring in Nathan Ake on the left side of central defence.
Ake got the nod ahead of Tyrone Mings, who has been coming back from injury and adapting to a new role of centre back from left back.
Ake put in a spirited performance at the back and capped off his full debut with a goal.
The goal came in the first half, with an excellently delivered ball from Junior Stanislas.
Ake had made a clever run from the back post and with Stoke failing to pick him with their zonal marking and good movement from Simon Francis, Ake had a clear gap to head home unopposed.
Ake told BBC Radio Solent…
‘For the goal, the ball was lovely, perfectly on my head. I thought there were a lot of big players in the box but it was a really good ball from Junior and I was delighted it went in.
‘I felt that we deserved the win, we fought, worked until the last minute and dug in in a difficult 2nd half.
‘Playing against some big strikers was a tough test and I’m delighted – it’s been a perfect day.’
Ake did very well considering he was almost a square peg in a round hole.
He could potentially play 6 different positions.
I really hope we keep him all season and he gets more games… – Join the conversation here.
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