Howe delighted with signings

Date published: Monday 24th August 2015 1:20

Howe has added St Etienne winger Max Gradel, Middlesbrough forward Lee Tomlin, Ipswich defender Tyrone Mings and French defender Sylvain Distin from Everton to his squad for their first crack at England’s top flight.
Speaking to Sky Sports News HQ at the Premier League launch, last season’s LMA manager of the year said: “The build-up has been intense. It’s been hard work in terms of training and off the pitch.
“I’ve signed some good players and made our squad stronger and I’m really excited to see this Bournemouth team play.
“Tomlin and Gradel are key signings. Both are very creative and it is so important to score goals at this level. We will have fewer chances so we have to be more clinical.”
Gradel, a former Leicester and Leeds player, signed a four-year deal for an undisclosed fee having had a spell on loan at Bournemouth in the 2007/08 season where Howe was part of Kevin Bond’s coaching staff.
On the 27-year-old, Howe said: “He was one of the top scorers in the French top league which is a real achievement in a low-scoring league so he will bring us real quality.”
On Mings, a left-back signed for around £8m, Howe added: “He has got outstanding attributes and he can be whatever he wants to be at this stage of his career. I’m very excited to see him in a Bournemouth shirt.
“We aren’t able to sign established Premier League players due to the transfer fees and wages and so we looked at different markets. Young progressive players fitted our philosophies in terms of how we coach and develop players.”
Acquiring 37-year-old Distin – who made 210 appearances for Everton – on a one-year deal after his contract expired at Goodison Park, is a huge boost for Howe.
“He is a great character,” he said. “He’s very calm and relaxed but his experience is key. I saw all the benefits on tour when he was integrating with the players.
“It’s how he conducts himself and he’s a great role model for the younger players. During the bumpy moments this season he will calm everyone down and lead.”
The French veteran is just 18 months younger than his new manager but Howe played down any problems with the age gap.
“I came into management young,” said the 37-year-old. “It’s never an issue. I’ve never managed the individual and never the age and that’s certainly the case with Silvain.”
Howe, whose side kick off their Premier League campaign at home to Aston Villa on Saturday, added: “I’m enjoying this so far and everything’s good because there are no results. 
“But the tough tests will be for us when the results come and the pressure hits us. That’s when we need to be strong and stick to what we’re good at.”
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