The 23-year-old joined the Shots on a month’s loan yesterday and is set to make his debut when they travel to Conference high-fliers Wrexham on Saturday.
Howe told the Daily Echo: “We felt Joe needed to go out and get games. The level for us wasn’t important, it was the fact he plays at centre-half, gets some games under his belt and develops the experience he needs in that position. He is someone we like and this will be a big month for him.
“There will be others who will go out. We have carried a decent-sized squad and the majority of the players are back fit so there will be an opportunity for one or two to go and get games.
“First and foremost, I have to see who is fit. If anyone picked up an injury against Brighton that may change things but, if the squad came through unscathed, then we would look to get a couple out in the next few days.”
Defender Nico Yennaris, signed on loan from Arsenal in November, returned to the Gunners following Cherries’ New Year’s Day trip to Brighton.
Howe said: “Nico was brought in as cover for this really brutal spell of games. If we had sustained any injuries, he could have filled in at a number of different positions.
“Unfortunately for Nico, we didn’t get those injuries but it was fortunate for us because it meant we kept everyone on the pitch. He worked hard and was very good in training.”