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Howe looking in-house

Eddie Howe is eager to see the senior ranks at Bournemouth bolstered by a steady stream of academy graduates.

With money tight, the Cherries do not have the luxury of being able to spend big in the pursuit of fresh faces.

With that in mind, greater emphasis is being placed on the production of home-grown talent.

Howe is hoping to reap the rewards of those efforts, with several talented youngsters having been tied to professional contracts.

He told the Bournemouth Echo on his future plans for the development squad: "Slowly but surely, we hope to increase numbers and quality.

"The squad has only been going since the start of last season and it takes time to put together a new team. We are still forming a nucleus of players that we feel will hopefully be good enough to supplement the first team.

"We released three players who we didn't feel could push to get a first-team place in the next year to 18 months and we may look to recruit from outside. We are developing a pool of good, young players and, for the group to work, we always need to look to increase the quality.

"Baily Cargill is a prime example of how you can develop players if you can get the balance right and that is what we are looking to do. We will keep the other players and they will form the nucleus of the team that we want to move forward with.

"As they get older, there will come a time that they are either going to have to break into the first-team squad or we will have to part company.

"There is a pressure on them to try to make the break and that is not an easy thing to do, especially when you compare our squad now with a few years ago.

"It is probably one of the toughest things to do for any young player so we want to give them opportunities but they have to prove they are better than our current players."