I’M amazed Chelsea have allowed a player I consider, potentially, to be one of the Premier League’s best defenders leave the club.
Only Virgil Van Dijk comes into the bracket of centre halves you would bust a gut to sign. Or keep, at all costs.
The champions are not exactly blessed with a whole lot of quality centre backs, so why let rising star Nathan Ake leave? I’m baffled. Doesn’t make sense.
The 22-year-old Dutch international was recalled from his loan spell with Bournemouth where Ake made a big impression.
The fact that Bournemouth, a burgeoning club, are prepared to pay a record £20million fee, speaks volumes about manager Eddie Howe’s ambitions.
Having already signed Jermain Defoe and keeper Asmir Begovic (also from Chelsea), Bournemouth are putting down a stamp with the capture of Ake.
Cherries’ fans must be impressed and reassured by the club’s commitment to the cause – and their view for the future.
Not least their determination to keep highly-rated Howe who is wanted by all and sundry.
Howe and Co have moved quickly to improve their squad – and the additions of Ake, Defoe and Begomovic prove that. Could help with season ticket sales!
Ake joined Chelsea in 2012 and made 17 appearances for the Blues before spending the 2015-16 season on loan at Watford in the Premier League.
“I had a great time last season so I’m really happy to be back,” said Ake. “The fans haven’t seen the best of me yet.” He said on the Bournemouth website.
Ake, who moved to Chelsea from Dutch side Feyenoord when he was just 16, has two caps for Holland and made his debut in a friendly against Morocco in June.
He is destined to make many more appearances for his country, and Bournemouth manager Howe said: “Nathan is an outstanding young player with a fantastic attitude and a great desire to learn and develop.
“He has a very bright future ahead of him and I’m very pleased to say that future is here.”