EDDIE Howe admits it is “strange” to see Cherries stars Ryan Fraser and Callum Wilson on the verge of breaking a Premier League record.

The pair have been in scintillating form this season and have now linked up for 11 top flight goals following last weekend’s rout at Brighton.

That puts them joint-second on the list of all-time Premier League leading goal combination partnerships in a season, alongside the likes of 1990s stars Kevin Gallen and Les Ferdinand for QPR and ahead of Arsenal duo Nicolas Anelka and Dennis Bergkamp.

With four matches remaining, starting against Fulham at Vitality Stadium tomorrow (3pm), the duo must combine for three more goals to overtake Alan Shearer and Chris Sutton’s record of 13 in the 1994/95 title-winning season for Blackburn Rovers. That feat was achieved by the strike duo during a 42-game season.

Discussing the productivity of Wilson and Fraser this season, Cherries boss Howe told the Daily Echo: “It’s been a bizarre one.

“It’s a strange mix really because usually you see that passing ratio or that link between two players who are playing next to each other or forming a partnership.

“But they’re of course on slightly different parts of the pitch. But they seem to have this understanding and this belief that they can find each other, sometimes without even looking.

“It’s strange how it’s adapted.

“I’m not taking any credit for it. The two players deserve all the recognition because the statistics are very, very strong.

“It’s an incredible record that they’ve got and long may that continue from both sides, from Callum assisting for Ryan and Ryan assisting for Callum. But also you add the team into it. You have to add the other attacking players who have made the space available for them.

“It means we’re attacking well as a team.”

Wilson and Fraser are approaching the end of their fourth season playing together in the Cherries side.

Fraser, who arrived from Aberdeen in 2013, has a joint-league high 12 assists this campaign while former Coventry City striker Wilson’s goal at the Amex took his Premier League tally to 12 for the season.

And Howe says the relationship the pair have struck up over the years has helped them on their way to this record-breaking attempt.

Cherries’ manager explained: “When you have a period of time when you play with the same players, I think you naturally understand their game – what runs they’re going to make and where they’re going to be.

“I think that’s definitely helped us as a team down the years, having that consistency in team selection.

“But I just think it’s been one of those things this year that’s gone under the radar until this point, that they have linked for a number of goals and important goals for us too.”

Howe added: “They’re doing it in the hardest league in the world.

“I think they deserve all the credit for that.

“They’ve had different journeys to get to this point. They’ve both had in their career some incredible highs but some moments where they’ve had to withstand some difficult moments, so credit to both players.

“From my perspective I hope they do break the record, because it means we’ve scored three more goals.”