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Stewart backs Bournemouth's youngsters to shine

18th July 2019, 14:04 by Tom Hill

Bournemouth goalkeeper coach Gareth Stewart believes fans should be excited by the club's crop of youngsters.

Stewart is well known at the Vitality Stadium after he played over 150 games for the club between 1999 and 2008. He has since been working as a coach with the Under-21s and has helped the likes of Mark Travers work on their game.

Eddie Howe has often selected youngsters in his starting XI, with Sam Surridge, Nnamdi Ofoborh and Kyle Taylor all being named in a matchday squad last season.

Stewart says the future is bright for the club and he believes a number of the youth team could feature in the Premier League.

He told the Bournemouth Echo: "Whether it's outfield players or goalkeepers, we know what we've got, we believe in them and it's vindicated when he [Mark Travers] goes out and plays as well as that.

"But you have to believe in them and hopefully we're doing the right thing with them and it's proven whenever they get the opportunity, be that at League One or step three, four or five, wherever they're playing and obviously in the Premier League for Mark, and we're just hoping we continue that.

"We're in it to get these boys through and get them playing at whatever level of football that is.

"If that's in the Premier League and they're on the bench or they're in the FA Cup games or they're getting themselves out into League One, League Two, Conference, whatever level they're going to, so long as they're out there playing football and they're representing the club the way we believe they can, then we're happy."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Tom Hill offers a strong insight into football and rugby league, whilst also having a good knowledge of several other sports including boxing, horse racing and American Football.

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