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Eddie Howe pleased to have Marc Wilson's leadership

Published 20/08/2016

Bournemouth's new signing Marc Wilson is in contention to make his debut for the club on Sunday at West Ham
Bournemouth's new signing Marc Wilson is in contention to make his debut for the club on Sunday at West Ham

Eddie Howe has praised the leadership new signing Marc Wilson has already brought to Bournemouth.

The central defender joined the club from Stoke for £2million earlier this week and is in contention to make his debut on Sunday at West Ham.

His arrival comes after the summer departure of former captain and defender Tommy Elphick to Aston Villa.

Howe - once a promising central defender the 28-year-old Wilson recalls playing alongside in his youth - believes he has almost finished his recruitment.

He told Bournemouth's official website of his latest arrival: "Marc adds versatility, experience, a voice, he's a leader as well, in training he's very competitive, which is good to see. He'll fit very well into the group we have.

"I'm pleased to get Marc in. He's got the experience that we're looking for in that position. It is a very difficult position to recruit in; a lot of clubs have found that this season, that lack of numbers of quality centre-backs available.

"He's always been a very talented player. It's been really interesting to see his career and how well he's done at Stoke; this is a different challenge for him but I look forward to managing him and making him a better player."

Sunday's fixture represents West Ham's first in the Premier League at the London Stadium. It has been suggested they will feel particular pressure to impress at the start of a new era, but Howe dismissed the notion that Bournemouth could therefore benefit.

"There's pressure on us," said the Bournemouth manager, who considers Andy Carroll a particular danger. "I always believe there's pressure on us; from our own supporters, from ourselves. We want to perform and give our best in the game.

"There's going to be a lot of hype surrounding the game, we're aware of that, the fact it's the first game in the stadium, but none of that matters to us. It's all about making sure we apply ourselves in the right way.

"They're a very good side, have a very good squad, have a number of attacking options. They've added some good players to their team. The obvious threat with Andy Carroll is the aerial ability. Anyone who plays West Ham when he's in the team; that's a threat we're going to have to counteract.

"They've got obvious talents - (Dmitri) Payet, you could go on - it's all about us and making sure we're right first."

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