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Saturday 25 November 2017

Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe to be patient with record signing Jordan Ibe

Jordan Ibe became Bournemouth's record signing when he joined from Liverpool
Jordan Ibe became Bournemouth's record signing when he joined from Liverpool

Eddie Howe will give record signing Jordon Ibe all the time he needs to hit full stride at Bournemouth.

Cherries boss Howe defended the £15million summer capture from Liverpool against a slow start to his south coast career, backing the 20-year-old to come good in time.

Ibe wasted a gilt-edged chance in Sunday's 1-0 defeat at West Ham, squaring inside when through on goal, but Howe remains unperturbed by his new man's start.

"We'll need time to see the very best of Jordon Ibe here, but I'm very excited about his future," said Howe.

Challenging Bournemouth to record their first Premier League win of the season at Selhurst Park on Saturday, Howe admitted it is vital his side can get their season off the ground before the international break.

"The Crystal Palace game is very important," said Howe. " We want to get our season started before the international break.

"I'm not going to downplay it. We had two tough games against them last season.

"There wasn't much between us and them in those games. They have recruited well so we know they will be organised and difficult to beat.

"Every game in this league is so tight and there doesn't tend to be much between the sides, one moment can change a game.

"We've been on the wrong end of that twice already this season, so we need to make sure we are on the right side come Saturday."

While Howe admitted Bournemouth remain in the market for one new squad addition, the former Cherries defender hinted the club may not shell out for another big-money recruit.

"We're not imminently ready to announce a signing," said Howe.

"I've made it clear we're looking for one more, but it may not be a high-profile signing."

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