CAPTAIN Simon Francis believes Aaron Ramsdale has "probably been our player of the season so far" after the goalkeeper produced another outstanding display last night.

The 21-year-old provided a string of crucial saves in the 3-1 success and collected the sponsors' man-of-the-match award.

Ramsdale, who made his Cherries debut in August having been on loan at League One strugglers AFC Wimbledon this time last year, has played in 23 of the 24 top-flight matches this season.

“Special mention to Rammers," said Francis.

“He’s probably been our player of the season so far, without a doubt, by a mile.

“He has been brilliant, fitted in seamlessly to everything we are about as a football team.

"Now he just brings that confidence, almost that seniority.

“Considering he’s so young he just looks like an experienced goalkeeper, he’s been fantastic."

And Philip Billing, who made his Cherries debut in the same game as Ramsdale having arrived from Huddersfield Town in the summer, backed the youngster to make the step up to play for his country.

"He’s a young keeper coming in, hasn’t played in the Premier League before. He came in this season and has been out on loan, did well and the gaffer gave him this season his chance," Billing told the Daily Echo.

"I thought he’s grabbed it. He’s 21, I think he’s got a big future ahead of him.

"He’s unbelievable and if he can stay concentrated and keep his feet on the ground, I’m sure he’s going to go and play for England one day.

"He’s a very good keeper and a great guy as well to have around the training ground. I’m just happy for him personally."