AFC Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe believes the time will come for his young summer signings.
With one of the oldest average age squads in the Premier League last season, Cherries manager Eddie Howe made a concious decision to lower that average age by signing young players to develop for the future.
With the exception of Marc Wilson, who has recently turned 29, the oldest summer signing Howe made was Arsenal and England loanee Jack Wilson at the age of 24.
The six other signings during the transfer window held an average age of just over 20.
Season long loan signing from Chelsea Nathan Aké is a 21 year old Dutch Under 21’s international.
On a permanent basis, AFC Bournemouth have broken their record transfer fee on Jordon Ibe, paying £13-15million for the 20 year old England Under 21’s international.
Liverpool team-mate and 22 year old Australian international Brad Smith also joined for around £3million.
20 year old, United States of America international Emerson Hyndman joined for around £750,000 from Fulham.
20 year old France Under 20’s international Lys Mousset joined from French club Le Havre for ?7.3million and 19 year old England Under 19’s international Lewis Cook joined from Leeds United for around £6million, potentially rising to £10million.
Whilst Jordon Ibe has become an instant regular in the starting XI, Lewis Cook has played 81 minutes of Premier League football, Aké has played just 13 minutes of league football and Brad Smith, Emerson Hyndman and Lys Mousset are all awaiting their league debuts.
Howe told the Daily Echo…
“I think they will have to show a degree of patience.
“Everyone wants to play, that`s the first thing I`d say to that. All players in my squad want to start but not everyone can start, I can only pick 11.
“They need to take the longer-term view, develop, learn how we play and let us coach them and make them better players.
“If they can show that maturity then their careers are going to really blossom because they`re all outstanding players.”
‘It would be easier to list the players Howe has signed since we got promoted and who have started for us in the Premier League. And if you limit it to those who have started 4 or more times for us (to include this season), then the list is even shorter, probably less than 5 players. – Join the conversation here.
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