Ake excited by Danjuma’s potential
Bournemouth's Nathan Ake has claimed that summer signing Arnaut Danjuma will become an 'exciting' addition at the Vitality Stadium.
The 22-year-old signed for the Cherries on August 1, with the south coast club paying £13.7million to secure his services.
Bournemouth confirmed the wideman signed a long-term deal, but he was not fit enough to earn a place in the squad to take on Sheffield United on Saturday.
Boss Eddie Howe decided to go with Joshua King and Ryan Fraser as Bournemouth used a 3-5-2 formation after Danjuma was ruled out with a foot injury.
Confirmation that @ArnautDanjuma misses out with a foot injury.
— AFC Bournemouth (@afcbournemouth) August 10, 2019
Jordon Ibe, Dominic Solanke and Harry Wilson were named on the bench as the Blades rescued a 1-1 draw at the Vitality Stadium. Chris Mepham’s strike was eventually cancelled out by Sheffield United’s Billy Sharp in the dying minutes.
Danjuma impressed for Club Brugge last season after scoring five goals in 21 matches but he may have to bide his time in the Premier League. He started his career at PSV Eindhoven but failed to play in the Eredivise for the Dutch giants. A spell with NEC Nijmegen soon followed before he moved to Belgium for just 12 months.
The Lagos-born winger is hoping to be fit for Saturday’s trip to Aston Villa and Ake believes the fellow Netherlands international will give the fans something to smile about.
He told the Daily Echo: “He is technical, very quick, likes to dribble past people and take on shots as well. I think he will be very exciting.
“He is a very nice guy, chilled. He is very driven and he really wants to do well every time. He is a very good player.”
Danjuma looked set to start the campaign after playing 90 minutes in the club’s final pre-season friendly against Lyon on August 3.
Howe’s new-look formation may make life difficult for the club’s current wingers, with two wingbacks currently in use.
The former Burnley manager is already battling through a number of injury woes, with David Brooks currently on the sidelines.
Dan Gosling is also out for the next three months but the arrival of Wilson should give him some strength in depth.
After the clash with Villa, Bournemouth face the tough task of hosting reigning champions Manchester City.
They then travel to the King Power Stadium to do battle with European hopefuls Leicester City before taking on Marco Silva’s Everton and Southampton.