FORMER Cherries defender Rio Ferdinand believes Eddie Howe's side can haul themselves out of the Premier League relegation zone, adding: "They've got goals in them."

Ferdinand spent two months on loan at Cherries as a teenager in the 1996-97 season, joining from West Ham, and made 11 appearances before returning to feature regularly in the top-flight for the Hammers followed by big-money moves to Leeds and Manchester United.

The 81-time England international was working as a pundit for BT Sport on Monday, when Arsenal beat Cherries 2-1 at Vitality Stadium.

Asked if he felt the Dorset club would stay in the Premier League this season, Ferdinand told the Cherries website: "In the second half against Arsenal, you saw a team that showed a bit of fight. If they do that and approach most games like that, I’m sure they will stay up.

"They’ve got goals in them. Callum Wilson scores goals and Sam Surridge looks a good prospect and did well at Swansea.

"I think they need Joshua King back (from injury). I don’t know how far off he is so that will give them something else.

"They’ve got three big games coming up Aston Villa, Sheffield United and Burnley. If they could get six or more points, you’d like to think they won’t be looking over their shoulder so much."