Date: 18th July 2019 at 10:26am
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AFC Bournemouth have kicked off their pre-season campaign ahead of the upcoming 2019/20 Premier League season.

Eddie Howe’s first test was AFC Wimbledon, a hastily arranged fixture between two sides who had been using the La Manga training complex in Spain.

The friendly gave the first opportunity to Lloyd Kelly and Jack Stacey to make their first appearances in the red and black of AFC Bournemouth.

Lloyd Kelly a £13 million signing from Bristol City and Jack Stacey a £4million signing from Luton Town.

Alongside the established AFC Bournemouth players, it was also nice to see the returning Harry Arter back in a Cherries shirt, giving some fans a glimmer of hope that Arter’s career on the south coast could yet have another chapter to be written following his loan move last season to Cardiff City.

AFC Bournemouth went on to win the game 3-2, with a brace from England striker Callum Wilson celebrating his new contract and one from Ryan Fraser, who famously is yet to sign one.

Both goals conceded came from the penalty spot, beating Asmir Begovic.

Speaking about the need for his strikers to take goals into the new season, AFC Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe told the Daily Echo

“…I think it’s important, even though it’s pre-season, that the strikers score and attacking players create, so really good for Callum to get his two goals.

“I think he’ll be delighted with that.

“So it’s a good start for him and the team…”

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Waz afcb wrote…

I know it was only a friendly but I thought the link-up play between Solanke and Wilson was very encouraging.

Solanke seems to be very comfortable dropping into the number 10 role and acting as the support striker, I think he could turn out to be ideal for us in respect of taking our game to another level and playing with more fluidity between the lines. Again I know it was a nothing game but people seem to be able to write off players based on so why can’t I be positive!!  – Join the conversation, click here.

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