After spending last season at Watford, young Chelsea prospect Nathan Aké has opted for a different Premier League destination this time around, joining AFC Bournemouth on a season-long loan deal last month, to play under the guidance of young English manager Eddie Howe.
At Watford, Aké featured mostly as a left back. While he drew praise from his showings at that position, at Bournemouth, he expects to see time in his preferred role as a central midfielder, with Antonio Conte reportedly monitoring his progress.
"To get an eye on how I cope, I think [Antonio Conte] wants to see me play a season there [at central midfield] in the Premier League. The manager has been in discussions with the technical director [Michael Emenalo] at Chelsea. After this season, we'll see how I get on."
"I'm looking to improve myself as a player and get more games under my belt. There are also little things I can work on, but it depends which position I'm going to play. I know I can improve a lot of things, hopefully I can do that here [at Bournemouth]."
-Nathan Aké; source: BBC
Eddie Howe doesn't seem to have defined Aké's role in his team yet. Bournemouth are currently in Chicago, IL, USA to continue their pre-season preparations with a 10-day training camp in the searing Midwest heat.
If the 21-year-old Aké proves as much of a success for the Cherries as he did for the Hornets, there's reason still to believe that we will get to see him defending the Chelsea crest on a regular basis in the future.