BOSS Eddie Howe said free-kick king Harry Wilson had been one of the best dead-ball specialists he had worked with.

The Wales international came off the bench to strike twice during the second half in Cherries’ 3-2 defeat at Tottenham.

Signed on loan from Liverpool for the 2019-20 campaign, Wilson’s first goal came after Lewis Cook had been fouled around 20 yards out.

The Wrexham-born star whipped a devilish free-kick which flew over the wall and past Tottenham stopper Paulo Gazzaniga to make it 3-1.

A dazzling free-kick against Manchester City on just his second top-flight appearance back in August had set tongues wagging about Wilson’s craft on social media.

And having seen him put his “unique technique” into action again on Saturday, Howe revealed his admiration of the youngster’s ability.

Asked whether Wilson was one of the best dead-ball specialists he had worked with, manager Howe told the Daily Echo: “Without a doubt. When I think back to free-kick specialists I have worked with, Yann Kermorgant was right up there.

“Ian Harte was unbelievable with his left foot but Harry is up there.

“He’s got his own unique technique that he uses. He backs himself, practices and it was great to see him score again.

“He does work at it but there is an element of confidence when he puts the ball down. He believes he can score every time he gets a free-kick.

“That’s one of the assets that you need. Obviously, he has the technique to match as well.

“Saturday’s was slightly closer I think than his normal distances. He did well to get it up and over the wall and into the goal.

“To have it in your armoury is a brilliant thing because you know you have a goal in every situation.”

Wilson netted his second deep into stoppage time when he converted from Arnaut Danjuma’s cutback, the goal taking him to six strikes in 13 league games this season.

“Whether it is a dead ball, moving ball, whatever it may be, to have players like that and Harry’s goalscoring form that he has shown has been pivotal to us,” said Howe.

“We are certainly going to need that in the coming weeks.”

Defender Steve Cook also praised Wilson’s goalscoring impact, as well as the impetus added from the bench in north London.

“In front of goal he is invaluable. It was an unbelievable free-kick,” he told the Daily Echo.

“The subs for the past couple of games have really inspired us to kick on. It’s what we need.

“We need everyone to stick together and pull through and it’s a big week for us now.”

Cherries make the trip to Crystal Palace in the Premier League on Tuesday, before hosting Wilson’s parent club Liverpool at Vitality Stadium on Saturday (3pm).