Eddie Howe backs Juan Iturbe to thrive at Bournemouth

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Tipped as a hot prospect during his early years, Juan Iturbe has failed to live up to his potential at AS Roma - and following his January move to Bournemouth, manager Eddie Howe has fully backed him to succeed.

"He will bring energy, creativity, pace and can pick a pass. We're hopeful that he can have a big impact for us," Howe told BBC Radio Solent.

A big impact is something the Cherries will indeed ask of Iturbe and Howe will hope he doesn't suffer the same fate as previous signings.


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The 38-year-old saw summer arrivals Tyrone Mings and Max Gradel both struck by injury early on in the season and ruled out for a substantial period of time.

Iturbe's loan signing will be a seen as a coup for Bournemouth given the vast talent the Argentine undoubtedly possesses.

"A player of his calibre is not one you would normally associate with a club like us," a humble Howe continued.

"We're trying to compete and stay in the Premier League. To do that, we need to get the best players."

The 22-year-old could fit straight into the Cherries' side over the weekend for their FA Cup tie against Birmingham, though it remains the case the pressure will be on for Iturbe to deliver and prove he's deserving of a starting role.

Iturbe has featured 56 times for Roma since signing in 2014 for £17 million but mainly as an impact player from the bench, netting a meagre five goals in the process.

Iturbe's small frame and lack of English suggests it's a risky move on Howe's part, but amidst a season of unpredictability, the winger could prove the gamble needed to ensure Premier League safety for a side currently 16th and four points from relegation.

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