Howe excited by Kelly potential

07 July 2020 23:11:16 GMTPlus10

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe has hailed defender Lloyd Kelly and hopes the youngster can show his worth with his injury problems now behind him.

The Cherries signed Kelly for £13m from Bristol City last summer after he impressed in 48 appearances for the Championship club. However, his development at Bournemouth has been halted with ankle, thigh and hamstring problems holding him back.

Kelly, who has represented England at under-21 level, was introduced as a substitute in the 1-0 defeat at Wolves in late June and has subsequently started consecutive Premier League games, playing at left-back against Newcastle before reverting to centre-half for Manchester United.

We really like Lloyd. It's just a shame we haven't been able to call upon him more.

Eddie Howe

Bournemouth were beaten 4-1 at home to Newcastle before suffering a damaging 5-2 defeat at Old Trafford on Saturday to leave them 19th with only five games remaining.

The Cherries are only a point off survival but their next three games see them host Tottenham and Leicester.

They then travel to face Manchester City and Howe is hoping Kelly can play a key role in their relegation battle.

When asked by the Daily Echo for Kelly's best position, Howe said: "I think both positions for us at the moment. I wouldn't say one or the other – he can play both very well.

"From full-back he's really good athletically, he uses the ball well and is strong and good in the air – has lots of good qualities.

"At centre-back the same qualities show and his use of the ball is very good."

He added: "We really like Lloyd. It's just a shame we haven't been able to call upon him more. Hopefully he is away from his injury problems and we can build him up to be the player we know he can be."

Bournemouth at 4.50 at home to Tottenham in their next Premier League game, with Spurs 1.72 and the draw 3.90.

The Cherries are 13.00 to stay up.

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