AFC Bournemouth goalkeeper Asmir Begovic made his return to south coast from then Premier League champions Chelsea during the summer of 2017.
He came for a fee reported to be in the region of £10million and went on to feature in all 38 league games during the 2017/18 campaign.
Featuring for all 3,420 minutes, he kept his place ahead of former first-choice shot-stopper Artur Boruc, despite playing through an injury and some dodgy form, most notably in December and February.
But finished the season on a high with arguably his best performance of the season in the final home game against Swansea.
The Bosnian international is still only 30, despite years of experience at the top level with both Stoke City and Chelsea and Howe believes that he has already shown he has been worth his transfer fee.
Howe told the Daily Echo…
“It says something about his consistency, attitude and how he looks after himself. All of those things are boxed up with Asmir.
“He is one of the great professionals and is very dedicated to his goalkeeping and his body, and he puts himself out there…”
“…I think so (been worth his transfer fee). It’s always difficult to judge because the values these days are so high that you never quite know how it equates.
“But from my perspective I’m delighted with him. I think he improved as the season went on and ended it very strongly, so that’s a good sign for next season.”
The Flying Picket wrote…
He hasn’t been our worst player but he has been a big disappointment for me, given how much we forked out for him. He has certainly cost us points. Remember his disastrous slip-up at home to West Ham when he fell over with the ball, and let them get their third goal, and his positioning of defensive walls especially in the last minute away to Leicester takes a lot to be desired. There have been other poor moments as well, which led me to believe during the season he is very much overrated. – Join the conversation, click here.