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AFC Bournemouth: Coulibaly keen to make up for lost time
COMEBACK man Mohamed Coulibaly is confident his style will be suited to English football as he battles to make up for lost time with Cherries.
The livewire winger this week returned to training with Eddie Howe’s squad after enduring an injury-disrupted start to his Dean Court career.
Coulibaly, who was signed from Grasshoppers on a free transfer last summer, has spent more than 14 weeks on the sidelines due to calf and Achilles problems.
The 25-year-old caught the eye and established himself as a crowd pleaser during pre-season but he has been restricted to just four Cherries appearances this term.
He started Cherries’ Championship opener against Charlton Athletic but has not played since coming on as a sub during the 3-1 defeat to Blackburn in September.
But after a painstaking rehabilitation mission, Coulibaly is determined to make an impact as he bids to repay the faith of Howe and the Dorset club.
He told the Daily Echo: “I have been back in training since Wednesday and I am feeling really good. I haven’t felt like this for a long time.
“I am just hoping to keep it up and trying to be ready to play a game as soon as possible.
“It is a really bad experience to come to your new club and then not being able to play. It was really difficult but now I just want to forget this and do my best for the second part of the season.
"I have seen a lot of the games and it was really hard for me to go to the stadium and watch the games when I couldn’t play.
“But I have to take the positives. I have seen the level and how the people play and I want to enjoy it.
“In Switzerland, they are more technical and keep more of the ball. Here, they play fast and all of the game is really fast.
"Both teams try to score and I think it is more spectacular. It is good for me because I like to attack and to run.”
Coulibaly will face competition from Cherries’ other wide players, such as Matt Ritchie, Ryan Fraser, Marc Pugh and Josh McQuoid.
He said: “It is good for the squad and the team.
“The most important thing is that the team have good results and if you have a lot of good players like this, the performances will be good and everyone will improve.”
Coulibaly was unearthed by manager Howe during Cherries’ summer training camp in Germany and Switzerland prior to making the move to Dean Court from Grasshoppers.
He added: “They (the club’s management) have been really good. They have been fantastic with me. I am really happy.
“I want to thank them for this on the pitch and to do my best and forget these first six months.”
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