Howe already planning for next season

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe is already thinking about next season the Cherries prepare for their final two matches of their debut Premier League campaign.

Picked by most pundits as favourites to go down, Howe’s Bournemouth side beat the drop quite comfortably, having already picked up 11 wins in what has been an impressive first season in England’s top tier.

“I believe this run of games could really serve us well going into next season because the harsh realities are there of just how tough this division is,” Howe told the Bournemouth Echo.

“It is a period for us where we are under no illusions that we will have to come back a lot better team than when we left. Next season, this league is going to be a lot tougher than it is now.

“A lot of the squad have had good game time this season and, in the main, most players have been given an opportunity.

“I might look at giving one or two other players an opportunity and might experiment slightly but with the best intentions because we want to try to get some points between now and the end of the season in what will be two really tough games for us.”

The Cherries currently occupy 15th position in the table on 41 points, and face West Brom at home and Manchester United away in their remaining two matches.