Bournemouth defender, Nathan Ake, admits he is relishing the chance to play against former teammate, Lys Mousset, today.
The Cherries star will line up for Eddie Howe’s men as they look to continue their upturn in form. After a miserable run of form before Christmas, Bournemouth have won their last two Premier League fixtures.
Today represents a chance for the Cherries to get one over the Blades. United stole a late point on the opening day of the season when Billy Sharp netted his one and only Premier League goal so far.
However, the Blades were without Lys Mousset that day due to fitness issues. Now, though, the Frenchman is fit and firing and Ake admits it will be a tough test against his former Bournemouth teammate.
“He’s got all the attributes I think. He’s strong, quick, powerful, and very technical. It will be a tough test“, Ake admitted. (Bournemouth Echo)
“He’s a very good player. I’ve always known he was a very good player. He’s a good friend as well”.
Mousset signed for United in what was a then-record £10m deal for the Blades in the summer. That figure was surpassed by Oli McBurnie’s arrival and has since been blown away again with the signing of Sander Berge.
The French striker has scored five times for Chris Wilder’s outfit this season.
A very good player, but Mousset needs a goal
Despite his blistering form earlier in the season, Mousset has dipped somewhat. There is no question that he has the ability to turn games on their heads but the goals have dried up.
Indeed, it’s been 11 games since Mousset last got on the scoresheet. That goal coming in a 1-1 draw at Wolves all the way back in December.
Today, then, represents the ideal chance for Lys Mousset to get going again. He needs a goal and what better way to get back on the goalscoring trail than against your former club.