MANAGER Eddie Howe is tipping Charlie Daniels to join Cherries’ list of illustrious left-backs and insists there is more to come from the stylish defender.
Daniels is approaching his first anniversary with Cherries after signing, initially on loan, in a £175,000 move from League One rivals League Orient.
The 26-year-old has played a key role in the club’s revival under Howe and starred during the 1-0 victory over Doncaster six days ago, Cherries’ fourth win in succession.
Daniels, who progressed through the ranks at Tottenham, will be hoping to help Cherries maintain their impressive form when they host Oldham Athletic tomorrow (3pm).
Howe told the Daily Echo: “I was aware of Charlie when he was at Leyton Orient. We played them a few times and he always impressed us. He was a very attacking left-back who always looked to get forward.
“I watched him a few times in his younger days at Tottenham when he was a left-winger and he has adapted well. He still has an attacking intent to his game but his defending has been good as well.
“Charlie has certainly got a lot going for him and I have been impressed with him so far in the games since we have been here. He has a good understanding with Marc Pugh and they have worked very well together. Hopefully, there will be more to come from Charlie as the season progresses.”
Daniels, who made his Cherries debut in a 0-0 draw with the Latics at Dean Court last season, is the latest in a long line of cultured left-backs to have played for the Dorset club.
Howe added: “We have been very fortunate down the years to have had some excellent players in that position and Charlie is certainly heading in the right direction to join them.
“Paul Morrell was the first one I used to watch and he was outstanding. He was probably slightly different to the more recent ones but was always solid and reliable and made numerous appearances.
“In my time as a player, Jamie Vincent was probably the stand-out performer. He had a brilliant left foot and Mel Machin would always encourage him to get forward. He was a very modern full-back and probably ahead of his time.
“Latterly, both Warren Cummings and Rhoys Wiggins have kept up the tradition and the players all represented the club really well.”
Daniels was converted to left-back by former Spurs boss Martin Jol, a practice Howe says is becoming more prevalent at Premier League clubs.
“It happens a lot with young players,” said Howe. “You see it happen with really talented lads who are very good at going forward and it is probably something that will continue to develop.
“In my opinion, it can perhaps lead to a lot of modern day defenders not being very good defensively in their own half. But the role of the full-back has certainly changed in the past 10 to 15 years.
“There is a huge demand for them to get forward and it is almost one of the first requirements. I am still of the belief that you should be able to defend first and anything else is a bonus. It will be interesting to see how things develop.”