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Eddie Howe: ‘Norwich will be a tough afternoon’



AFC Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe has admitted his table-topping side are in for a test when they welcome Norwich City to Dean Court this weekend.

Howe is wary of the threat the Canaries hold

Howe is wary of the threat the Canaries hold

Speaking to the clubs official website, Howe has cited Norwich’s vacant managerial position as a potential advantage for the away side; saying the element of unpredictability makes it difficult for Bournemouth to prepare.

“The key thing for us is we focus on ourselves,” Howe said. “We can’t focus on Norwich, we don’t know what system or personnel they’re going to play, but we know what we can do to hurt them.

“I think they’re a strong team. I said I think before the reverse fixture earlier in the season that they’re going to be strong and they’re going to be up there at the end of the season and I still think that could be the case.

“They have strength in depth. They have Premier League players who have done well in the Premier League.

“It will be a tough afternoon for us but another good marker of how far we have come in a short period of time.”

Howe also commented on Bournemouth’s potential movement in the January transfer window, following the extension of Artur Boruc’s loan at the end of December.

Howe’s side are currently the top scorers in the Championship, but the 37-year-old says that won’t stop him bringing in another forward, and highly-rated Vancouver Whitecaps striker Darren Mattocks is currently training with the side.

“It would be nice come the end of January if we can welcome one, maybe two players who can make a difference,” Howe told BBC Radio Solent, quoted by BBC Sport.

“If they don’t come, the team has shown already it has the quality with the league position we are in, that we are strong enough, but it would be nice to give the lads a little help.”

The Cherries currently sit top of the Sky Bet Championship, in what has been a phenomenal season thus far for Eddie Howe’s men.

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