AFC Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe has stated that he will look at Maxi Gradel’s immediate future over the course of January.
His comments followed reports that Gradel was set to hand in a transfer request during the course of the January transfer window, despite currently being away on international duty at the Africa Cup of Nations with Ivory Coast.
So far this season Gradel has struggled to find a regular place in the squad, he is yet to make a Premier League start and has made just five league appearances from the bench.
Gradel`s agent Desmond Tra told The Sun…
‘Max does not want fans to think he is happy just picking up wages and not playing.
‘He has been training normally all season and just wants to be playing regularly.’
Howe told the Daily Echo…
‘With Max, we will assess the situation as the window develops.
‘I think it’s well-documented how highly I think of him as a player.
‘He had a serious injury last season but he is improving his fitness and his game all the time since coming back.
‘It’s been difficult to get him games with the quality we have in those positions, so that’s one we will wait and see on.’
He hasn’t shown the form we know he can since that bad injury, the same can be said about Callum Wilson.
The only way he will get that back is games and we don’t have enough games to go around for all the squad.
If the Ivory Coast get a good run of games and Max starts in them, he should come back a fitter, sharper player. – Join the conversation here.
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