Howe happy with Brooks progress

Bournemouth head coach Eddie Howe is delighted with the way summer signing David Brooks has adjusted to the challenge of Premier League football.

The 21-year-old Wales international midfielder has started seven league games so far this season for the Cherries, scoring against Crystal Palace and Watford in his last two outings.

And Howe is pleased how well the former Sheffield United schemer has adapted to life in the top-flight, while also warning that there can be no let-up by Brooks in the coming weeks and months.

He told the Daily Echo: "The biggest compliment I can give him is that he hasn't been fazed at all by the step up in league.

"He has trained as normal and when he has been given opportunities, he has had the same mentality. I've been really pleased and the future is very bright for him.

"I've seen a player who loves his football, is focused on his work and is not really about outside influences or anything other than the training and the games.

"(But) he can't get ahead of himself because we have got quality players waiting in the wings."

Bournemouth have made a fine start to the new league season, claiming 16 points from eight games to lie in sixth place in the standings heading into the international break.

They return to action on Saturday 20th October when they welcome South Coast rivals Southampton to Dean Court.

Bournemouth are currently priced at 10/11 to finish in the top half of the table, while they are 10/11 to end up in the bottom half.

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Howe: Palace are more than Zaha

Eddie Howe claims his Bournemouth side will not be just focusing on the threat of Wilfried Zaha when they face Crystal Palace on Monday.

The Cherries chief is looking for his side to rediscover their top form to bounce back from last weekend's 4-0 Premier League drubbing at Burnley.

A much-changed side defeated Blackburn 3-2 in the Carabao Cup in midweek, but Howe is set to revert to the majority of the players who have won three of their opening six league games.

Palace will arrive at the Vitality Stadium having lost just once in five with Zaha again proving to be their talisman this season with three goals in the bag to date.

However, Howe claims it is unfair to label Roy Hodgson's side a one-man team and he is wary of a number of Eagles' players who will provide a threat to Bournemouth.

Howe told Sky Sports: "He [Zaha] is an outstanding player. He did well against us in the two games last year, we found him difficult to deal with.

"From our prospective that is something we will look to improve. As I would say with any team it is not just him.

"Yes we need to deal with, be aware of and you have Andros Townsend on the other wing who has had a good start to the season.

"When [Christian] Benteke plays he is a focal point for them, they have got excellent midfielders, a lot of experience.

"So there are a lot of areas that they manage very well. But of course we have good players the other way. We know if we are at the top of our game we are a match for anyone."

Bournemouth are 5/4 to win on Monday, while Palace are 12/5 to come out on top, with Zaha 2/1 to score at any time and the draw is 5/2.

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Howe wary of resolute Rovers

Eddie Howe knows that Blackburn Rovers are capable of causing a shock by beating his Bournemouth side in the third round of the EFL Cup.

Tony Mowbray guided Rovers to promotion from League One last term and they have made a solid start to life in the Championship.

Blackburn are 12th after only losing one of their first nine fixtures of the campaign while they have knocked Carlisle United and Lincoln City out of the EFL Cup.

Howe, who is keen for his side to bounce back following their 4-0 Premier League defeat at Burnley on Saturday, said: "The challenge is that because the Premier League is so huge, it's about balancing those competitions and trying to progress while maintaining your league form. It's a difficult balance.

"Blackburn are playing with confidence and are a team that, on the back of promotion, have kept that momentum into this season.

"They have done very well adapting to life back in the Championship. It's a really difficult league, as we know, with the amount of games you have in a short period of time – and the physicality of those games."

Bournemouth are 1/4 to qualify for the fourth round of the EFL Cup by beating Blackburn and 50/1 to win the competition outright.

Howe waits on injured duo

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe has revealed that Charlie Daniels and Kyle Taylor could miss the Cherries' visit to Burnley.

Daniels missed last Saturday's impressive 4-2 victory against Leicester City while Taylor is struggling with a calf injury.

However, there is some good news for Howe, who managed Burnley before returning to Bournemouth for a second stint as boss in 2012, as Junior Stanislas could be in the squad again for the first time in six months.

"We've still got a couple of doubts," confirmed Howe. "Charlie Daniels is still a doubt and Kyle Taylor looks like he's picked up a calf problem. Apart from that, we're pretty good.

"I'm really pleased for Junior. He's had a long time out of action, but it didn't look like that when he played earlier this week.

"He did well, was really good with the ball and contributed to an excellent performance. It was really good to see and you'll have to wait and see if he features on Saturday."

Bournemouth, 6/4 to finish in the top half of the Premier League table, can be backed at 6/4 to beat the winless Clarets at Turf Moor. Sean Dyche's side are available at 11/10 to be relegated this season.

Howe happy with healthy start

Bournemouth head coach Eddie Howe is excited by the fact that his side still have plenty of things to improve on after making a strong start to the new season.

The Cherries moved up to fifth place in the Premier League table by earning a 4-2 win at home to Leicester City on Saturday, with the hosts leading by four goals before conceding twice in the final couple of minutes of the game.

And it was those concessions which left Howe feeling that his team can grow stronger in the coming weeks and months, even though he was largely pleased with overall performance against the Foxes.

He told his club's official website: "It's a good day for us. We go away with a very good result, but also knowing that we still have got work to do and things to improve. That's a very healthy position to be in.

"We knew it was a really important game. It's very easy to have a good start and then not back that up.

"We now go to Burnley and we know how tough that is going to be, so we're in good shape and very positive.

"While we weren't at our absolute best, we had to show spells of that and I thought we were disciplined and very ruthless in front of goal.

"We've created lots of chances and haven't been taking them, so it's good to see that change in our performance.

"The majority of our defending throughout the game was good too, but we can learn a lot from the last period of play."

Bournemouth are 13/8 to finish in the top half of the premier League table this season, with Wolves priced at 8/11 and Leicester 4/5.

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Howe rules out loan departures

Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe says he will not be letting anyone leave the club on loan, including veteran former England international Jermain Defoe.

The 35-year-old, who has only started 11 Premier League games for the Cherries since joining the club from Sunderland in the summer of 2017, has been linked with a loan switch to Nottingham Forest.

The Championship club are allowed to make loan signings until Friday's deadline.

Forest manager Aitor Karanka had been quoted as saying he was interested in bringing ex-West Ham, Tottenham and Portsmouth striker Defoe to The City Ground, but Howe said after watching his side beat MK Dons 3-0 in the second round of the Carabao Cup: "I'm not going to let anyone go. Our squad is our squad. I've said before it's not huge on numbers.

"We have 22 established, first-team players and, with a couple of injuries at the moment, Jermain is a valued member of our squad.

"We only have four strikers and that's not many so there is absolutely no chance (of Defoe leaving)."

Howe also revealed that Lyn Mousset had twisted his ankle during Tuesday's match while Marc Pugh looks set to miss this weekend's match against Chelsea because of a hamstring injury.

Bournemouth, who have taken seven points from their first three Premier League games of the campaign, are 8/1 to beat Chelsea and 10/1 to keep a clean sheet in the match.

Howe sets sights on silverware

Bournemouth head coach Eddie Howe has challenged his team to believe that they are capable of challenging for silverware this season.

Having started the Premier League season by taking seven points from a possible nine, the Cherries turn their attention to the Carabao Cup on Tuesday evening when they play host to MK Dons.

And, having seen his side reach the last eight of the League Cup last season, Howe is looking to at least emulate that run and possibly go all the way to a Wembley final.

He told reporters: "My message to the players will always be 'why not?'.

"It goes without saying, we'd love to be able to do that. I think we can do it, I think we've got the squad depth to achieve something like that.

"We should definitely go in with the mindset that we want to perform well, try to progress and then see where that takes us."

Bournemouth are 4/11 to progress in 90 minutes on Tuesday and are 6/1 to claim a 2-0 victory in normal time, with the hosts 1/1 to keep a clean sheet.

Meanwhile, Howe has warned his players that they need to start games more positively, having come from behind to beat West Ham and draw with Everton in their last two games.

He added: "Certainly we don't want to put ourselves in that situation continually, because we know against the better teams it’s harder to come back.

"When we are at our best, we are very much on the front foot and very aggressive. It's not like we are sitting back, waiting to concede and then we'll attack."

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More still to come says Howe

Head coach Eddie Howe is excited about the potential of his Bournemouth squad, with the Cherries having won their first two games of the new Premier League season.

A 2-0 home win over newly-promoted Cardiff City was backed up by a 2-1 victory at West Ham last weekend, leaving Howe very happy with the way the Cherries began their new campaign.

However, he believes that his side are far from the finished article and he is looking forward to what he hopes lies ahead over the course of the next few months.

He told reporters ahead of a Saturday visit from Everton: "I think we've shown in the two games some really good signs of what the team could be, glimpses of what the future may hold.

"But we've still got to deliver that and we know in the Premier League how difficult that can be.

"I'm excited that the team have played so well in the two games, but know that there is more to come.

"There are players that we haven't seen yet who I think can really contribute to the season – I think that's really exciting for everybody.

"The strength in depth we have, although not high on numbers, is high on quality."

In six previous Premier League meetings with Everton, the home side has come out on top on five occasions, with the Cherries winning this fixture 2-1 last season.

They are 10/1 to repeat that scoreline on Saturday and are 11/4 to keep a clean sheet, with striker Callum Wilson 7/5 to score at any time for the hosts.

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Howe has plan to stop Wilshere

Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe has identified Jack Wilshere as West Ham's main threat ahead of Saturday's Premier League clash between the two teams.

The Hammers, who signed Wilshere from Arsenal this summer, slumped to a 4-0 defeat to Liverpool in their opening game of the campaign while the Cherries clinched a fine 2-0 win against Cardiff City.

Wilshere spent the 2016/17 season on loan with the Cherries, featuring in 27 Premier League matches for the club.

Howe said: "West Ham have a very experienced manager and they've recruited some really good players. This will be a good marker for us on where we stand.

"It was good to see Jack Wilshere when we played Arsenal last season. He could have a big bearing on the game and it's up to us to stop him."

Howe was pleased with his side's performance against the newly-promoted Bluebirds but believes his players can improve still further.

He added: "It was a nice thing for us to get that opening-day win – it gives you a nice confidence lift. Cardiff made it difficult for us and we didn't play to our best potential but we found a way to win, which is very pleasing."

Bournemouth can be backed at 5/2 to finish in the top half of the Premier League table this season while they are 14/5 to beat West Ham. Wilshere is 9/2 to score at any time in the encounter.

Francis vows to prove his worth

Bournemouth captain Simon Francis is determined to force his way back into Eddie Howe's starting eleven after being named as a substitute on Saturday.

The 33-year-old defender has been a regular starter for the Cherries in the last two years but had to settle for a second-half substitute appearance during the 2-0 win against Cardiff City.

Bournemouth visit West Ham United on Saturday and are 12/5 to win again, while they can be backed at 5/2 to finish in the top half of the Premier League table this season.

Francis, who missed the friendly victory against Marseille earlier this month, admitted: "It was tough but I had an inkling from the Marseille game that the manager may do it.

"Nobody could argue because the lads were excellent in that game but I had to show what I could do on Saturday.

"It's been a long time since I have come off the bench. I just want to help the team be in the right mind-set and, hopefully, I can. If I get a chance, like on Saturday with 25 minutes, you have to try to change the game."

Meanwhile, Howe has urged his established stars to maintain their high standards.

Summer signings Jefferson Lerma and Diego Rico were not involved against the Bluebirds, with Howe saying: "Those players who have done so well for this football club over a long period of time have just showed the right attitude to keep going, learning, progressing and improving in the hardest league in the world – and they are excelling at this level.

"The ultimate aim is you hope the players who have been here a long time help nurture the new guys who come in."