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Bournemouth boss Howe insists more to Solanke game than goals

Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe insists there's more to Dominic Solanke's game than goals.

The striker is still yet to find the net since his £17.5million arrival from Liverpool in January, a run of 23 matches in all competitions.

Howe told the Daily Echo: "I think Dom's in a very, very good place.

“He came to the football club with a big expectation on him.

“But I think in recent weeks, probably the last four or five weeks, I've seen real progression from him, real development in his game in terms of his confidence and stature within the group, in terms of his understanding of what we want him to do.

“I think he's in a very good place now."

But the Cherries boss admitted it would be a relief to see the striker finally find the net.

“I think he probably needs to score and would want to score," said Howe.

“We all want him to score. I think there's no immediate pressure on that. It's more about how he's performing for the team.

“I think when he got his run in the team, he helped the team function at a very high level. With his game intelligence, he's a very, very intelligent player. He's technically very good.

“I think he helped us play some really nice football. I think those things and his work-rate and how he presses and all those things that, I wouldn't say go unnoticed, but they're not at the forefront of everyone's mind when you look at a striker. For me they're just as important as the goal return."

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