Howe expecting Rico to impress

Bournemouth head coach Eddie Howe has backed new signing Diego Rico to become a 'real force' for the club following his arrival from Leganes.

The 25-year-old Spaniard has joined the Cherries on a four-year contract, with an undisclosed fee reported to be in the region of £10million having secured his services.

And Howe has high hopes that the attacking left-back will prove to be a big hit at Dean Court, telling his club's official website: "Diego is a player we have been tracking throughout the summer and, although we had to be patient, it's great to finally be able to call him a Bournemouth player.

"He's a really nice footballer and someone who will fit our philosophy and style of play.

"Diego is fast, physical and aggressive in attack and aggressive defensively. He takes an excellent set-piece and has a powerful left foot.

"Once he gets used to the way we play, we believe he can be a real force for this football club."

Rico had spent the last two seasons with Leganes, having started his career with Real Zaragoza.

The Cherries, who finished in 12th place in the Premier League last season, have also drafted in Wales midfielder David Brooks from Sheffield United this summer.

They can be backed at 9/2 to be relegated next season, with Brighton & Hove Albion priced at 2/1 and Crystal Palace available at 11/2.

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