By Jonathan Nagioff (@jonathannagioff)
AFC Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe insists that his side will not be taking anything for granted when they face 19th placed Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday.
The Swans have only registered one victory at home this season and have not won since mid-October.
But Howe believes that Paul Clement’s side pose a stiff threat nonetheless.
Howe told the media ahead of the game: “They’re a good team. I’ve seen them many times this season.
“The one thing I would say about Swansea is they’re very organised. They know their jobs they know their roles.
“They haven’t had things all their own way this season, but that is the Premier League, it is a tough league.”
The Cherries are in a rich vein of form of late with four wins out of their last five in all competitions and are coming off the back of a 4-0 thumping of Huddersfield last week.
Callum Wilson bagged himself a hattrick in that game and he is expected to lead the line up front with Josh King, as Jermain Defoe misses out again with a calf injury.
“I’ve been happy with the performances of most our front players. We look like were functioning better now.
“We don’t want to drop our standards, drop our levels after a couple of good wins.”
England youngster Tammy Abraham arguably poses the most dangerous threat up front and Howe has been pleased to see an emergence of youth, with Cherries midfielder Lewis Cook also involved with the three lions squad during the recent international break.
He exclusively told the Bournemouth Rock: “I think its brilliant. It’s the way it should be.
“A lot of people have been asking for that for a long, long period of time for the national team to give more youth a chance.
“I think there’s been a good plan this time. Feeding the young guys in with experience.
“It is exciting times. When you see young players given that chance, I think it’s exciting to think what could be for the future.”
Bournemouth will be without Junior Stanislas for the trip to Wales but Benik Afobe will provide extra fire power up front in the absence of Defoe.
AFC Bournemouth face Swansea City at 3pm on Saturday.