AFC Bournemouth striker Dominic Solanke has received praise from his manager Eddie Howe, who says he has been ‘really impressed’ with the frontman so far.

Speaking to the Bournemouth Echo, Howe also expressed his belief that Solanke has a ‘bright future’ to look forward to.

The 21-year-old joined the Cherries from Liverpool in January for a reported fee of £19m but has since struggled with minor injury problems.

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However, he played a major role in the club’s 2-2 draw with Newcastle United before the international break, coming off the substitutes bench to set up Joshua King’s goal that was cancelled out by Matt Ritchie late on.

The striker is currently away with the England U21’s and could play in their friendly with Germany at the Vitality Stadium tonight.

When asked how long it will take the January signing to break into Bournemouth’s starting XI, Howe seemed to suggest it could be sooner rather than later.

He said:

From what I have seen from Dominic I don’t think it is going to take him long at all. On the evidence (against Newcastle), he is really going to be pushing for a place. I was really impressed with Dominic. He has trained really well. He had a couple of niggles since he signed so his training was a bit disrupted but that is the longest we have had him (available). It was not a surprise to see him come on and do so well because I have seen it in training. The future looks really bright for him.

To do that he will. of course, have to work his way past King and Callum Wilson who have been the Cherries’ regular strike partnership for some time now.

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