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Howe insists Cook important player for Bournemouth

Eddie Howe says Lewis Cook is an important part of his Bournemouth team.

The 21-year-old midfielder, who attracted interest from some of the big clubs in England over the summer, has been kept to substitute appearances so far this season.

Howe said: "Going back to before the first game, we picked the team, basically, that we had against Marseille where we produced a really good performance.

"I didn't want to deviate from that team for the first game and Lewis has fallen victim to that. He will have a big part to play this season, I have no doubt about that.

"He has come on in games and done well and played in the Carabao Cup, which was good to see.

"We have a very strong unit in central midfield and have some very good players all competing for two places. Lewis has a big future ahead of him."

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