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Cherries: Howe backing Arter to shine
Manager Howe was rewarded for putting his faith in Arter as the cultured schemer netted with an excellent strike during the 3-1 win over Tranmere.
Restored to the starting line-up by Howe, the former Charlton Athletic trainee displayed his skills in a man-of-the-match performance on Saturday.
Howe handed Arter a second chance in the league ranks when he plucked him from the semi-pro game during his first stint in the Dean Court hot-seat. And he is confident the 22-year-old Londoner, who joined Cherries from non-league Woking, has the ability to continue improving.
Speaking ahead of tonight’s League One clash at Notts County (7.45pm), Howe told the Daily Echo: “Harry is a very good footballer and technically excellent.
“You can see he has had a really good upbringing in terms of his youth football and you can see he has come through good systems.
“He needs to add goals to his game to be the complete midfielder and I think he can do that and I think he has got all the ability. Hopefully, he can produce that now on a consistent basis.
“He is still very young but he is developing. He is brave, he wants the ball and he is prepared to make mistakes in order to keep getting on it, which is what we ask him to do.
“He is very creative as well and I think you need that creativity in your side.”
Howe also believes Arter and Shaun MacDonald will prove to be a strong pairing in central midfield for Cherries. The duo started in the engine room against Tranmere and they are likely to get the nod again when Cherries visit Meadow Lane this evening.
Howe said: “I am aware of Shaun and have been an admirer of his for a number of years from when he was at Swansea.
“I think he is an excellent footballer and Harry the same. They played well in tandem on Saturday and I think they could form a good partnership.”
Notts County are flying high in fifth place following a fine start to the League One campaign.
Cherries left-back Charlie Daniels is suspended for the clash with the Magpies and Lewis Grabban (ankle) is doubtful.
Howe told the club website: “They are a good footballing side and although they have lost their past three at home, nothing should take away from where they are in the league. Full credit to Keith Curle for the job that he has done there and where he has got them in the league.
“We have won our past two and back-to-back wins makes a difference whatever league you are in. It is important that we back it up in two tough away games.”