Jermain Defoe has suffered an ankle injury but his side’s coach, Eddie Howe, insisted that he won’t be trying to sign a new attacker despite that – to be said, Bournemouth are deep in the relegation battle and it’s a big loss for them.
The former Sunderland player was forced to leave the pitch in his side’s latest match against Chelsea in the Carabao Cup – and he is about to miss at least a couple of weeks of play. However, Eddie Howe insisted that he will work with what he has and he is not willing to sign a new striker just because of this injury as he is certain that his squad is quality enough to overcome this.
When asked about Defoe’s situation, he said, according to Sky Sports: “We are concerned it could be a more serious injury than just an ankle twist but we’ll wait and see, so fingers crossed on that. It’s difficult to speculate (on how long he’ll be out for) until we get the specialist’s opinion. We’ve got to wait for the news on that injury before we have any reaction to it. The beauty of it is we do have a good array of options in the striking department – five strikers are quite a lot to carry.”
The young coach continued by adding that his team have got a cover: “Usually we play with two up front so I think that was a necessity. It would be a blow to lose Jermain for any amount of time but I think we’ve got the cover. Whoever we decide to pick, I think we’ve got the firepower to hurt anybody. Lys played against Chelsea and I thought he did well.”
In the end, Eddie Howe insisted that he believes that his side can surprise in their upcoming clash against Manchester City: “I think we have to believe. I always maintain that no matter who you play, you have to believe you can win. We believe we can. In saying that, it’s going to be incredibly difficult. I think we need a mixture of things – we need our players to perform at an extremely high level and we’re going to need to be defensively very good with the attacking players they have.”