Arter – One of the best Cherries ever – Howe
Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe has said Harry Arter will go down as one of the best players to ever grace the Cherries' midfield.
Howe insists that it is too early for them to say that Arter has played his last ever game for the side, although all the signs appear to suggest he has.
The 29-year-old spent last season on loan at Cardiff with Neil Warnock but could not help them keep their Premier League status and returned to the Vitality Stadium in the summer.
This season he has moved out again after he joined Fulham in the Championship last week where he teamed up with his brother-in-law Scott Parker who is the Cottagers head coach.
Last week he made his debut for the Cottagers and put in a man-of-the-match display as they overcame Blackburn Rovers 2-0.
Fulham have an obligation to buy Arter at the end of the season but apparently that only kicks in if they win promotion and gain their Premier League place back.
It would appear, on the face of it, that Arter has played his last game for the club and if that is the case then Howe says he will go down as one of the best they have had.
He told the Echo: “I don’t think people should ever lose sight of players who give so much to a football club. Harry is certainly in that category for us.
“He will go down as one of the best centre midfielders ever to play for the club in my opinion.”
Arter only signed a new four-year deal with the Cherries in the summer of 2017 but successive loan deals indicate he is no longer in the first team plans of the manager, although he has not ruled a return to the side out completely.
Arter signed for the club for a bargain price of £4,000 from Woking back in 2010 and has subsequently played 255 games for the Cherries and scored 29 goals along the way.
He has also made himself a full international for the Republic of Ireland but he has not featured for the first team since January 2018 but Howe, whilst wishing him all the best for future, refused to rule out a return at some point.
“I think it’s too early to say he’s played his last game. There could be more twists and turns in Harry’s Bournemouth career – let’s wait and see.”