Howe: Boruc is putting pressure on Begovic
AFC Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe insists that goalkeeper Artur Boruc remains a consideration for a first team place as he competes with summer signing Asmir Begovic.
Boruc joined the Cherries on loan in September 2014 and made 39 appearances, including 37 in the Championship.
Boruc was only on the losing side five times since making the move to Dean Court, including a League Cup quarter final defeat to Liverpool.
He kept 17 clean sheets and conceded 36 times, playing a major part in AFC Bournemouth's Championship winning side, earning promotion to the Premier League.
During AFC Bournemouth's first two seasons in the top flight of English football Boruc made 67 Premier League appearances, but during the summer he lost his place to new £10million signing Asmir Begovic from Chelsea.
Howe told the Daily Echo...
'Artur has been brilliant. He came back in pre-season the fittest I've ever seen him. He trained very well and had a really good pre-season, and formed a really good relationship with Asmir.
'They are a really good goalkeeping team. You never quite know how that dynamic will work but it's been excellent and they have supported each other. I've been very pleased with him.
'Artur saw it as a challenge that we brought a new goalkeeper in. Under all the layers of Artur, he has got an incredible desire to achieve, fight and show he is still the goalkeeper we all think he is.
'This season during training and in the games in the cup, he has done well. It's no surprise to me that he has been able to achieve that and he is pushing Asmir, which is what you want in every department, you want people performing and putting pressure on the guy who has the shirt...'
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