Eddie Howe has galvanised AFC Bournmeouth into one of the most entertaining teams to watch in English football's top division.
At the start of the season, many fans and pundits alike expected Bournemouth to be back in the Championship sooner rather than later but with seven games to go, that most certainly won't be the case this year.
The south coast club was up against it from the very off with major injuries to several key players, including top signings like Tyrone Mings and Max Gradel. Reliable goal-scorer Callum Wilson hasn't featured for the club since 26th September 2015 due to an ACL injury.
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Given such tragic circumstances, one would have forgiven Howe to retreat from his philosophy of quick attacking football but the young manager stuck to his guns and now seems to be reaping its rewards.
Bournemouth have proved their worth in gold with victories against the likes of Chelsea and Manchester United this season. The team has taken the game to the opposition on a number of occasions rather than sitting back and showing too much respect.
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Eddie Howe is one of the brightest English prospects in the managerial world and it's not hard to see why. His philosophy has stood the test of time but his calmness has shined through testing times.
Since the turn of the year, Bournemouth have picked up 18 points: more than Arsenal, Manchester City and Liverpool. The Cherries have also knocked in 16 goals in the process, a remarkable tally for a team who lost a number of offensive players early on in the season.
Their recent run of good results have seen them steer clear of the relegation battle, possibly eyeing a top-half finish : an absolutely brilliant achievement for a club of such meager means.
There seems to be a real belief and togetherness within the players which comes down from the manager.
If it was not for Leicester, Bournemouth might have been the success story of the season.
One thing is for sure; Bournemouth have been a great addition to the Premier League and with Eddie Howe running the show, there seems to be a bright future ahead for the club.
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