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​Bournemouth defender Ake: Solanke will get much better

Bournemouth star Nathan Ake is excited about the potential of youngster Dominic Solanke.

The 22-year-old, who arrived from Liverpool for a big money fee, has still not broken his duck for the Cherries.

But Ake insists that no one at the club is worried about Solanke, as they have seen his talent and ability in training sessions and games.

Solanke has only managed pre-season goals for Bournemouth thus far.

Discussing the forward's performances, Ake said to reporters: "I think Dominic did really well.

"You can see it in training every day and you could see it when he was younger at Chelsea, the technical ability he has and the goalscoring ability he has is of a great level.

"I think we'll really enjoy a lot from him this season. More is going to come, but on Sunday you could see the way he holds up balls is very important for the team, to keep the ball up there and to be strong.

"He was a little bit younger than me, so he played in ages under me a little bit (at Chelsea).

"We didn't play too many games together but obviously I know him from there. He scored so many goals, like 40, crazy.

"It's good to see (him at Cherries), he's a great lad as well. He works very hard, even at the start of the season he didn't get too many chances and to keep working like that in training every day, keep doing well. He deserved it (to start) on Sunday and he did really well."

"It will come [his first goal]. I think no-one is really worried about that.

"I think it will come, 100 per cent."

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