Date: 20th December 2016 at 6:32am
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Nathan Ake could be recalled from his loan spell with AFC Bournemouth by Chelsea as there is a clause in the season long loan deal.

The Netherlands Under 21 international joined the Cherries on a season long loan deal during pre-season.

He had to bide his time to break into the AFC Bournemouth XI, but when his chance came last month he took it and has held on to the shirt ever since.

He has now started AFC Bournemouth’s last 6 Premier League games, scoring 3 goals.

Howe told the Daily Echo

“I thought he was excellent (against Southampton). He scored a great goal and I thought he defended really well.

“I thought his positioning was excellent. He used the ball well. So I think he can be very pleased with his day`s work.

“There is a clause where they (Chelsea) can recall him. I hope the fact he`s playing and playing very well for us will mean that he will stay, but we will see.”

Arter told the Evening Standard

‘Nathan deserves all the plaudits he’s getting at the moment, And I’ve no doubt that next year he’ll go back to Chelsea and play in their side.

‘I personally feel he’s more than good enough, especially with the system they’re playing now.

‘And it’s a credit to him because he’s worked really hard, even when he wasn’t in the team, and he deserves all the praise he’s getting.’

Your Say…

DartGuru wrote…

Ake at Centre Back?

Am I watching a different game to everyone else ?

He scares the hell out of me because, although he makes fantastic last-ditch tackles and interceptions, it’s only because he’s in the wrong position in the first place.

He persists in coming out to attack the first header leaving a damn great hole behind him that gets exploited (or has to be covered by someone else) when he’d be better off at times hanging back and picking up the second ball.

Don’t get me wrong, good potential, but MOM ?

I think I’d be much happier if he played the Surman role (where is first ball interception is the correct thing to do) and let the back four go back to Daniels-Cook-Francis-Smith.
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