Howe wants young Cherries to 'ripen' well
MANAGER Eddie Howe is focused on ensuring young players coming through the ranks at Bournemouth can fulfil their potential and even go on to forge international careers.
The club appear set to give academy graduates first-team opportunities this coming season after selling four players, including captain Tommy Elphick, leaving them with just one senior central defender, Steve Cook.
The Cherries, however, have brought in two 20-year-olds, English winger Jordon Ibe and United States international Emerson Hyndman. Howe said the prospect of moulding such youngsters into top-quality players had excited him.
"That has to be the aim, to take all of these boys to new levels. If that means the national team, then so be it but my only concern is getting them playing to their full potential for Bournemouth," Howe told British media.
The club, who finished 16th in the Premier League last season, will kick off their new campaign when they host Jose Mourinho's Manchester United on Aug 14.