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Cherries defender happy to slot in anywhere

24th April 2019, 10:14 by Nick Harris

Bournemouth defender Nathan Ake is happy to play anywhere after being shifted out of his usual role of late.

Ake is normally to be found at the heart of the defence but in recent weeks he has been moved to left-back due to injuries to the likes of Diego Rico, Charlie Daniels and Simon Francis.

On top of that, on the day of the Fulham game, Nathaniel Clyne did not make the squad, while Adam Smith pulled out during the warm-up due to a knee problem, and to add to the Cherries' woes Junior Stanislas was forced off after 23 minutes due to a knee injury.

That led to Ake moving across the back line but he does not mind and says he will play anywhere he is asked.

He told the Echo: "This season I've focused on being a central defender, but when the manager asks you to play different positions because there's injuries, you do it one hundred per cent.

"I told him as well I will play anywhere for the team. I think that's normal as a player, so I will try and give everything in a different position, it doesn't matter where."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Nick Harris is a long-standing journalist who specialises in football and rugby league. An avid golfer, Nick also follows the major boxing fights closely.

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