AFC Bournemouth: New recruits making an impression on O'Kane

Bournemouth Echo: IMPRESSED: AFC Bournemouth's Eunan O'Kane IMPRESSED: AFC Bournemouth's Eunan O'Kane

MIDFIELDER Eunan O'Kane believes Dan Gosling and Junior Stanislas will settle quickly to life at Cherries after making a positive early impact at Dean Court.

Eddie Howe's first two summer signings completed their first week of training and yesterday flew out to Austria with the rest of their team-mates for a five-day training camp, culminating in a friendly against FC Copenhagen.

Midfielder Gosling joined on a free from Premier League Newcastle while winger Stanislas turned down a fresh contract at top-flight new boys Burnley to again link up with Howe, who he played under at Turf Moor.

And O'Kane, who turns 24 on Thursday, is adamant that the new boys will make a seamless transition into the club's setup. 

He told the Daily Echo: “I don't think anyone has really noticed any difference in terms of the new lads, they have blended in as if they have been here as long as the rest of us.

“The group here are very good when it comes to working with new players. I went through that myself two years ago and I think we try to make it as smooth as possible for any new recruits that arrive.

“We've seen quite a lot of them already and I think they have definitely added some quality to the squad. There's no reason why they can't contribute to us having a very good season.”

O'Kane and Gosling will compete for a central midfield berth alongside the likes of Harry Arter and Shaun MacDonald in the upcoming campaign.

And former Everton youngster O'Kane is confident that whoever earns selection will only have done so through pure hard work.

He added: “Dan has come in and maybe in theory you would say he might fill the space that Andrew Surman has left.

"The two signings add more competition and it will mean whoever does get into the midfield will have earned their place.

“There will be a lot more competition which will ensure that the players perform to the highest level that they can.”

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10:26am Tue 8 Jul 14

Square Old Codger says...

Interesting that Eunan is talking of the competition there is now in the squad, when the "Vital" site is reporting that there are rumours of the Cherries being connected with Hadzic of Sturm Gras - a real midfield "enforcer and ball winner" and Viffafrance and Monochello two very decent strikers , if true that would mean a very strong squad with mega competition for places.
Interesting that Eunan is talking of the competition there is now in the squad, when the "Vital" site is reporting that there are rumours of the Cherries being connected with Hadzic of Sturm Gras - a real midfield "enforcer and ball winner" and Viffafrance and Monochello two very decent strikers , if true that would mean a very strong squad with mega competition for places. Square Old Codger
  • Score: 5

12:06pm Tue 8 Jul 14

DrownedinCorona says...

Square Old Codger wrote:
Interesting that Eunan is talking of the competition there is now in the squad, when the "Vital" site is reporting that there are rumours of the Cherries being connected with Hadzic of Sturm Gras - a real midfield "enforcer and ball winner" and Viffafrance and Monochello two very decent strikers , if true that would mean a very strong squad with mega competition for places.
Hope those rumors are true as you say they look good players and would make our squad very special. Would love to see a defender added as well just to really push us up there. Cook, Elphick and Ward are great add someone else we could become unstoppable.

On a sub note glad we didn't chase McCormack, sold for 11 million quid!!! Unbelievable, at that price we should of at least sold Grabban for 8 million but probably should of paid 5 million for Wilson. If this is parachute payment money someone really needs to assess this before the a*se falls out of football.
[quote][p][bold]Square Old Codger[/bold] wrote: Interesting that Eunan is talking of the competition there is now in the squad, when the "Vital" site is reporting that there are rumours of the Cherries being connected with Hadzic of Sturm Gras - a real midfield "enforcer and ball winner" and Viffafrance and Monochello two very decent strikers , if true that would mean a very strong squad with mega competition for places.[/p][/quote]Hope those rumors are true as you say they look good players and would make our squad very special. Would love to see a defender added as well just to really push us up there. Cook, Elphick and Ward are great add someone else we could become unstoppable. On a sub note glad we didn't chase McCormack, sold for 11 million quid!!! Unbelievable, at that price we should of at least sold Grabban for 8 million but probably should of paid 5 million for Wilson. If this is parachute payment money someone really needs to assess this before the a*se falls out of football. DrownedinCorona
  • Score: 5

5:10pm Tue 8 Jul 14

canfordcherry says...

DrownedinCorona wrote:
Square Old Codger wrote:
Interesting that Eunan is talking of the competition there is now in the squad, when the "Vital" site is reporting that there are rumours of the Cherries being connected with Hadzic of Sturm Gras - a real midfield "enforcer and ball winner" and Viffafrance and Monochello two very decent strikers , if true that would mean a very strong squad with mega competition for places.
Hope those rumors are true as you say they look good players and would make our squad very special. Would love to see a defender added as well just to really push us up there. Cook, Elphick and Ward are great add someone else we could become unstoppable.

On a sub note glad we didn't chase McCormack, sold for 11 million quid!!! Unbelievable, at that price we should of at least sold Grabban for 8 million but probably should of paid 5 million for Wilson. If this is parachute payment money someone really needs to assess this before the a*se falls out of football.
Ridiculous money, shows what we are up against fee and wage wise.
The new players must have signed purely in the belief of where we are heading as a club over personal gain. Commendable.
[quote][p][bold]DrownedinCorona[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Square Old Codger[/bold] wrote: Interesting that Eunan is talking of the competition there is now in the squad, when the "Vital" site is reporting that there are rumours of the Cherries being connected with Hadzic of Sturm Gras - a real midfield "enforcer and ball winner" and Viffafrance and Monochello two very decent strikers , if true that would mean a very strong squad with mega competition for places.[/p][/quote]Hope those rumors are true as you say they look good players and would make our squad very special. Would love to see a defender added as well just to really push us up there. Cook, Elphick and Ward are great add someone else we could become unstoppable. On a sub note glad we didn't chase McCormack, sold for 11 million quid!!! Unbelievable, at that price we should of at least sold Grabban for 8 million but probably should of paid 5 million for Wilson. If this is parachute payment money someone really needs to assess this before the a*se falls out of football.[/p][/quote]Ridiculous money, shows what we are up against fee and wage wise. The new players must have signed purely in the belief of where we are heading as a club over personal gain. Commendable. canfordcherry
  • Score: 0
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