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Bournemouth Opinion: Cherries can’t afford to let Nathan Ake leave 

Since Eddie Howe took over the manager’s role at Bournemouth, the improvement they have showcased has been quite impressive. They have put up some extremely motivating displays this term against some of the league’s best sides. 

Currently, in a respectable 12th place on the Premier League table, the Cherries’ season has been inconsistent. Their successful periods have constantly been hindered by unfortunate injuries to some of the key players.

With just 3 points separating them from 10th-placed Leicester City, a top-half finish is still on the cards at the Vitality, thus branding this rather flattering season as a successful one for the Cherries.

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Gong into next season though, there are certain areas within the squad that need to be addressed. Although their front-line does look rather strong, in defence, there is certainly an urgent need for reinforcements.

Their defensive record hasn’t been overly impressive. This summer will offer the perfect opportunity for them to really strengthen in order to push higher under the wise managership of the young Eddie Howe.

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While the addition of Chris Mepham from Sheffield United has certainly helped their cause, their defensive commander is still former Chelsea defender Nathan Ake, who they signed in 2017 after he spent a loan spell at the Vitality.

The Dutchman has certainly shown himself in an excellent light over the last couple of seasons and is even a full Dutch international, having already made 10 appearances for the Netherlands and scoring a goal.

His defensive movement and positioning set him apart as one of the brightest young defenders in world football at just 24. According to a report from Metro, Chelsea are lining up a £39m bid to bring the talented Dutchman back to Stamford Bridge. 

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Considering he has been an absolute rock at the back for the Cherries this term, selling him at the end of the season shouldn’t even be considered by the staff at Vitality. If anything, they should be looking to sign a player who is capable of partnering Ake in the middle of defence.

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Having registered 3 goals and an assist from 31 league games this season, Ake’s season has been a benchmark for the Cherries defenders. Letting him leave and join Chelsea at the end of the season could lead to their downfall and hence, must be avoided by Eddie Howe.

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