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AFC Bournemouth: Loan star Collison will be a big hit says Carl
DEAN Court old boy Carl Fletcher is backing former West Ham and Wales colleague Jack Collison to become a big hit following his loan move to Cherries.
Ex-Cherries captain Fletcher gave his verdict on the Hammers midfielder after Eddie Howe had yesterday sealed his signature on an emergency one-month deal.
Collison, who turns 25 today, made his debut within hours of the switch being confirmed but could not prevent battling 10-man Cherries from suffering a 2-1 defeat against Leeds United at Elland Road.
But Fletcher, who was with the Hammers when Collison was in the London club’s youth set-up and also played alongside the emerging talent for Wales, insists his ex-team-mate will show his class for Cherries.
Fletcher told the Daily Echo: “He is a really good player. You could pretty much put him anywhere in midfield and he would do a job for you. He has got plenty of energy and he is technically good on the ball. You could see that even when he was young at West Ham and coming through for Wales.
“I think he has been unfortunate in picking up a few injuries here and there but it is a really good signing for Ed and he will fit in no problem.
“You don’t play for West Ham, in the Premier League and at international level without being good technically, but he has also got other attributes. He likes to get in the penalty box, he has a great engine and he is also a really nice kid. I have no doubt that once he joins in and meets everyone, he will fit in seamlessly to what Ed is trying to achieve.”
Collison was drafted in as manager Howe looked to ease an injury list which has recently included midfielders Harry Arter, Andrew Surman and Shaun MacDonald, while Richard Hughes was suspended for the trip to Leeds.
Fletcher added: “I was at the game on Saturday and saw that Shaun MacDonald went off injured, Richard Hughes got sent off and Harry Arter wasn’t playing.
“But Ed could use Jack however he wants. He can play as a sitting midfielder, more attacking or he has also played out wide.
“I always liked playing with Jack. He is a good size and a good athlete to compete at Championship level. It is a really good addition to the squad for Ed and I am sure it is going to help both Ed and Jack in the long run.”
Meanwhile, Cherries stars Tokelo Rantie and Ryan Fraser were yesterday both handed international call-ups.
Rantie has been selected by South Africa for their friendly clash in Morocco on Friday, October 11.
Fraser has been included in the Scotland under-21s squad for their European Under-21 Championship qualifiers against Slovakia and Georgia.
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