Nathan Ake tells Chelsea: This made me a better player
The Dutch defender believes playing at Bournemouth has made him a much better player for Chelsea
Nathan Ake has credited his loan spell at Bournemouth as transform the Dutch starlet into a better player for Chelsea.
The Netherlands international moved to the Cherries on loan at the start of the 2016-17 season in order to gain more Premier League experience.
Ake proved a big hit on the south coast as he established himself as a regular at centre-half in the Bournemouth side under manager Eddie Howe.
The 21-year-old versatile defender scored a remarkable three goals in 10 appearances in the Premier League before he was recalled to the leaders earlier this month.
Ake netted perhaps his most-memorable goal in a 4-3 win against Chelsea’s title rivals Liverpool after the centre-half scored an added-time strike to deny the Reds a point at the Vitality Stadium.
Speaking to Chelsea’s website about his loan spell at Bournemouth, Ake revealed that the club’s style of player was similar to what he has grown accustomed to progressing through the youth ranks at the west London club.
“I liked playing it at Bournemouth. I went there with the idea to play no.6, just in front of the defence, but the opportunity came because there was a suspension so they put me at centre-back and it went quite well,” Ake said.
“It felt like old times, it was the same way actually as the way we played there in the youth at Chelsea, because there was a lot of playing on the ground and football so I was quite used to it. It made me a better player for sure.