BOSS Eddie Howe praised the “ability and intelligence” of goal-hungry frontman Dominic Solanke but insisted: “You just want one to fall for him.”

Howe started the England international for the fourth straight game in all competitions during Saturday’s enthralling 2-2 draw with West Ham.

Despite netting in pre-season, the striker is yet to get off the mark for the Dorset club in 19 competitive appearances.

But manager Howe has opted to keep faith with the 22-year-old and moved Joshua King out to the left wing to accommodate Solanke in the starting XI.

Howe said: “I think Dom needed that little run to really feel part of the team and the squad. He’s a player who will only improve and I’m delighted with his contribution to this point.

“He’s got the technical ability and intelligence to link the play. He’s done it very well. He showed that with the second goal on Saturday with a great bit of skill and wonderful quick feet.

“He does (have confidence in front of goal) in training and he’s got no problem with finishing and scoring goals. He does it regularly.

“You just want one to fall for him. Every chance that he’s had, even on Saturday, they’re not clear, presentable opportunities, they’re half chances and unfortunately, he hasn’t been able to take one.

“I’ve seen this with so many players before. The goals will come if you keep delivering good performances, I’ve no doubt about that.

“You forget because of his size and how long he’s been around, how young he is. It’s really exciting what Dom can deliver for us in the future. For now, he’s an outstanding player.”

Solanke has netted just once in 38 Premier League appearances – his last club goal came for Liverpool against Brighton in May 2018.

Asked about his wait to find the net for Cherries, Solanke told afcbTV: “I’m waiting for it, I think everybody is waiting for it. Hopefully it will come soon.

“I am just happy to be in the team at the moment. Hopefully I can carry on and keep helping the team.”