AFC Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe has praised central defender Steve Cook for his performances during his and the clubs second season in the Premier League.
Still only 25, Steve Cook first joined the Cherries initially on loan from Brighton & Hove Albion in October 2011.
After coming through the youth system at Brighton, Cook had seen his first team chances limited.
He made just 7 appearances between making his debut in September 2008 and when he was allowed to leave on a permanent basis in January 2012.
The Cherries paid a reported £150,000 to Brighton for Cook and the central defender has gone on to make over 200 appearances for AFC Bournemouth across the top three tiers of English football, playing a key role in promotion from League One, The Championship and maintaining the clubs Premier League status.
Howe told the Daily Echo…
“I think Cookie has had a very good season. He`s been consistent.
“Like most of our defenders, he`s improved through time, through repetition of work.
“Technically, I think he`s excellent. Athletically, he has come on this season from last season. And he`s shown a really good mentality every day in his training.
“I think that`s probably been the biggest difference between this season and last, and I think that has shown in the games. His career and his game are moving in the right direction.”
Assuming we stay up I think we would surely sign a centre back, and if one of the centre backs drops it’s going to be Franno. Cook has had a decent season. It’ll be interesting to see how Howe handles that. Cook and Arter are the standout captain choices for me. – Join the conversation here.
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