AFC Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe has backed Junior Stanislas to break into the England set up under his current form.
The Cherries winger made the move to the south coast on a free transfer from Burnley, with Stanislas stating his desire to continue working with Eddie Howe (who had signed him at Burnley) as the main reason behind the move.
He initially struggled to maintain a regular starting role with the side, making just 13 appearances as the Cherries won promotion from the Championship.
During the Cherries first Premier League campaign he began to show his full potential towards the end of 2015, but he began to struggle with a hamstring injury which knocked his form.
But this season he has really impressed, scoring 3 goals and claiming 2 assists in his last five games.
Howe told the Daily Echo…
“Junior has done very well this season. The most important thing is he has developed an end product to his work.
“I think he`s always been an outstanding footballer and technically very good. But now we are seeing the goals and assists, which I think every wide player is judged on.
“He`s got great delivery. It`s one of the first things I noticed about him as a player. He manages to get that whip on his deliveries which is very difficult to defend against.
“He`s going the right way towards (England) recognition.’
‘he’s looking even better than his purple patch before he got injured last year. He brings genuine goal threat to the side, which has been our weakness at times. Stan on this form makes our squad look incredibly strong as he’s almost like a bonus player that most of us wouldn’t have named in our first eleven prior to the season – don’t think many would leave him out now though.
I think Ibe is similar in that he might not always get it right but he looks to have enough to be a real match winner. This cutting edge is what we lacked at times last year and Eddie is slowly turning us into a ruthless attacking force. – Join the conversation here.
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