Eddie Howe defends decision to sign Solanke

first_imgBournemouth manager Eddie Howe has defended the club’s decision to sign Dominic Solanke from Liverpool despite the player being injured.Following Saturday’s 3-1 loss to Brighton & Hove Albion in the FA Cup third round on Saturday, Howe revealed that Solanke has a hamstring problem and will not be available until the start of next month.The 21-year-old has only scored one goal and made just five Premier League starts for the Reds since joining from Chelsea in the summer of 2017.“He has a hamstring problem and will be out for most of January. We have done relevant tests and medicals,” Howe said, according to Daily Mail.The Cherrie boss insists Solanke is a good investment and highlights the player’s England U-21 record.Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.The striker has eight goals in 15 games to his name for England’s U21 side and made his senior debut in a friendly against Brazil last year.Howe added: “He brings a different dynamic to the front-line. He is good in the air, a physical presence. It’s a lot of money across the board to sign players now but look at his international record. He is one of most talented young strikers in country.”“Young players see a good culture at Bournemouth and a way of working to bring out the best. We develop them as players and as individuals. We work very hard to improve weaknesses.”Meanwhile, Brighton manager Chris Hughton backed Solanke to impress at Bournemouth: “He’s an exceptional young talent. We are always aware of him but it was only speculation. I’m sure he’ll be great for them.”last_img

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