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AFC Bournemouth: Howe says development is key after swooping for youngster Whitfield

Bournemouth Echo: TREBLE SWOOP: AFC Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe has signed three young guns in January TREBLE SWOOP: AFC Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe has signed three young guns in January

BOSS Eddie Howe reiterated his commitment to home-grown youngsters despite Cherries boosting their development squad with a pair new faces.

Midfielder Ben Whitfield, 17, today became the latest addition from Conference North club Guiseley and joined 18-year-old defender Jonathan Muleba who yesterday signed from Chelsea.

Whitfield put pen to paper on an 18-month deal while Muleba, who was offered a contract extension at Stamford Bridge, signed for two-and-a-half years.

The double swoop follows hot on the heels of highly-rated striker Josh O’Hanlon’s move from League of Ireland outfit Longford Town.

But despite investing in a host of young guns during the transfer window, Howe was quick to state the club would continue to develop the talent on its doorstep.

Howe told the club website: “It’s important that if you’re going to have a development squad and believe in young players, you have to do it properly.

“The players who have come in aren’t here to take the place of our own young players but to enhance the group and raise the standard of training.

“Then the aim is that if we have injuries in the first team, we can call on the development squad players but we needed to make that group better in order to do that.”

On Whitfield’s deadline day capture, Howe added: “Ben is a young player with huge potential.

“He’s certainly a talent and someone we would like to work with and develop. He’s similar to Josh O’Hanlon and others here who in time could develop into very good players.”

Whitfield, who spent much of his youth career at Bradford City, said: “It has taken a while to get sorted but I am really happy to be a Bournemouth player.

“Eddie (Howe) was a big part of why I decided to come down here because of the way he coaches and his teams play.”

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4:05pm Fri 31 Jan 14

Square Old Codger says...

You can see a pattern emerging here and Eddie's strategy, Joe will sort out the Youth programme so that once again we get good youngsters coming through and challenging for a place, add to that bringing in young players of talent and ability who can be developed, improved and made better, add to that (thanks to Max Demin) good player brought in and you have the basis for a successful Club.
You can see a pattern emerging here and Eddie's strategy, Joe will sort out the Youth programme so that once again we get good youngsters coming through and challenging for a place, add to that bringing in young players of talent and ability who can be developed, improved and made better, add to that (thanks to Max Demin) good player brought in and you have the basis for a successful Club. Square Old Codger
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5:22pm Fri 31 Jan 14

cheeriedriteup says...

It looks as if the youth set up has suffered, Joe is back which is good , we have bought a 17 and a 18 year old this week which suggest that nothing is coming through the system for a few years, it a shame that the work Joe previously done has been destroyed some what
It looks as if the youth set up has suffered, Joe is back which is good , we have bought a 17 and a 18 year old this week which suggest that nothing is coming through the system for a few years, it a shame that the work Joe previously done has been destroyed some what cheeriedriteup
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8:16pm Fri 31 Jan 14

devon fan says...

I am 100%


















































































I am 100% behind Eddie in his signing young promising players, but Eddie we must give them matches to play even allowing for the bad weather there have not been anything like the number of matches needed to develop these players as backup for the first team, and although sending them all out on loan may help them get match play I do not think this helps them to be ready for first team action if called upon, I understand replys I have had from the club in the past regarding this subject but back when the reserves played in the Western League we always had a match for a team of senior players and young players who otherwise would have trained all week and have no game at the weekend
I am 100% I am 100% behind Eddie in his signing young promising players, but Eddie we must give them matches to play even allowing for the bad weather there have not been anything like the number of matches needed to develop these players as backup for the first team, and although sending them all out on loan may help them get match play I do not think this helps them to be ready for first team action if called upon, I understand replys I have had from the club in the past regarding this subject but back when the reserves played in the Western League we always had a match for a team of senior players and young players who otherwise would have trained all week and have no game at the weekend devon fan
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11:08am Sat 1 Feb 14

cheeriedriteup says...

devon fan wrote:
I am 100%


















































































I am 100% behind Eddie in his signing young promising players, but Eddie we must give them matches to play even allowing for the bad weather there have not been anything like the number of matches needed to develop these players as backup for the first team, and although sending them all out on loan may help them get match play I do not think this helps them to be ready for first team action if called upon, I understand replys I have had from the club in the past regarding this subject but back when the reserves played in the Western League we always had a match for a team of senior players and young players who otherwise would have trained all week and have no game at the weekend
I'm sure that they will have games behind the scenes, besides they will be trialled in the pre season friendlys
[quote][p][bold]devon fan[/bold] wrote: I am 100% I am 100% behind Eddie in his signing young promising players, but Eddie we must give them matches to play even allowing for the bad weather there have not been anything like the number of matches needed to develop these players as backup for the first team, and although sending them all out on loan may help them get match play I do not think this helps them to be ready for first team action if called upon, I understand replys I have had from the club in the past regarding this subject but back when the reserves played in the Western League we always had a match for a team of senior players and young players who otherwise would have trained all week and have no game at the weekend[/p][/quote]I'm sure that they will have games behind the scenes, besides they will be trialled in the pre season friendlys cheeriedriteup
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