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AFC Bournemouth: Arter keen to learn from goalscoring midfielder Lampard
AMBITIOUS Harry Arter will seek inspiration from Chelsea star Frank Lampard as he bids to add a sniper’s instinct to his considerable midfield armoury.
The 24-year-old has won rave reviews for his displays in the Championship in recent months but openly admits that goalscoring is a department in which he needs to improve.
Arter only had one effort to his name prior to Saturday’s 5-0 mauling of Doncaster in which he bagged his first brace in a Cherries shirt.
The former Woking man is hoping to learn lessons from watching Lampard in action, citing the midfielder’s goalscoring record – 210 goals in 586 appearances for the Blues – as a remarkable feat.
He told the Daily Echo: “With midfielders I look up to in English football, I’d say that there’s not many now that score a lot.
“People like (Steven) Gerrard, Jack Wilshere and players like that don’t score an abundance of goals.
“There’s only one midfielder who has done it throughout the years and that’s Lampard.
“Players like him are the ones I’ve got to look at and see the positions they pick up and if I can add goals to my game then it will only improve me and the team.
“Looking towards the end of the season, I want to try and get on the scoresheet as much as I can.
“Each year, you want to try and better your tally, although I knew it would be more difficult this year.
“Unfortunately, unless I go on a really good run between now and the end of the season, it doesn’t look like I will do it.
“Next season that will be something I can highlight and try to improve on.”
The midfielder admits that Cherries boss Eddie Howe would like to see his tally increase, but says he has not been overly-pressured to perform in that area.
Arter said: “He’s mentioned it but he hasn’t made me feel like I have to go into games and score goals.
“It’s something he wants me to improve and I’m sure he has said to a number of players that he wants more goals from everyone.
“It’s nice to not have the pressure of a manager making you feel like you’re not doing enough for the team. He tells you what you are doing well and what you can do better.”
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