AFC Bournemouth midfielder Harry Arter believes he will thrive on the added competition for places in the heart of the Cherries midfield this season.
For large parts of last season, Harry Arter’s unavailability hit the Cherries the hardest.
Arter struggled with niggly injuries throughout the campaign and whilst the workman like performances of Andrew Surman and Dan Gosling kept the midfield ticking, it was missing it’s heartbeat.
This season, AFC Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe has moved to strengthen his options in this area.
Arriving on the south coast on a season long loan deal from Chelsea is utility player Nathan Aké, a 21 year old Dutch Under 21’s international, he can play at centre back, left back and as a holding midfielder in front of the back four.
20 year old, United States of America international Emerson Hyndman joined for around £750,000 from Fulham and he is another talented central midfieder full of potential.
But perhaps the biggest threat to Arter’s position in the team is 19 year old England Under 19’s international Lewis Cook, who joined from Leeds United for around £10million.
Cook appears to be built very much in the AFC Bournemouth mould and looks a wonderful prospect for the future but looks to also have the ability to make an immediate impact.
Arter told the Daily Echo…
“I wouldn`t say I`m worried. I`ve been here for six years and I don`t think there has been one year where we haven`t signed one or two central midfielders.
“The added competition is something I thrive on – it`s made me the player I am. We all have to rise to the quality the manager brings in and up until now I feel myself and my team-mates have done that.
“That`s probably why Bournemouth have been so successful in recent years. No matter who the manager brings in, the players always rise to the challenge.”
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