AFC Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe has issued words of encouragement to striker Lys Mousset, saying he has ‘all the attributes’ to succeed.

The Bournemouth Echo write that Howe is confident in Mousset’s ability and hopes he will take any chances he is given in the first team.

The 23-year-old joined the club from Le Havre in the summer of 2016, costing just over £6m.

Since then he has played no more than a bit-part role on the south coast, with 19 of his 20 Premier League appearances this season coming from the substitutes bench.

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In those outings he has found the back of the net just once, the consolation goal in last week’s 4-1 defeat to Arsenal.

When Howe has all of his players at his disposal he tends to prefer the partnership of Josh King and Callum Wilson up front, with January signing Dominic Solanke filling in for Wilson in recent weeks due to injury.

The Cherries also have Jermain Defoe on their books, although he is currently on loan at Rangers in the SPL.

On Mousset, Howe said:

He’s such a talented player. We really believe he has all the attributes he needs. He’s quick, strong, powerful, good technically and knows where the goal is. I hope this is an important time for him with the games running out this season and that he can take further chances he will get.

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