One of the most refreshing things about Eddie Howe is his trust in homegrown, young talent looking to prove themselves on the main stage. It's so common to see clubs in the Premier League neglect the ever-growing pool of talent they have available to them in their respective academy systems, instead opting to gamble on foreign players with hefty price tags who come with a big reputation. This of course pays off in many cases, however time and time again we see club's shell out huge sums of money only to be let down when the player pulls on the shirt.
Bournemouth throw caution to the wind; maybe due to a more limited budget; maybe just because they have a manager in charge who himself is young and English and knows exactly how difficult it can be to catch a break in the modern game with little reputation in the world's biggest league.
Players like Callum Wilson - who the Cherries signed from Coventry City in 2014 for just £3 million - is one of the league's most consistent strikers and earned an England call-up last year. The 26-year-old is now worth north of £50 million due the current state of the transfer market and sooner or later Bournemouth will cash in on that, thanks to Howe's decision to stick with him up front instead of bringing in a player from overseas.
Wilson's strike partner Josh King, who came through the ranks at Manchester United before heading south in 2015 is another player of real quality who may have been completely frozen out of the Premier League had it not been for Bournemouth's willingness to give him a chance. The Norwegian international has eight goals and four assists to his name this season and cost the club nothing after joining on a free transfer three-and-a-half years ago.
In fact, there are currently 19 British players in the Cherries' first team squad - including new signings Dominic Solanke, Nathaniel Clyne and Chris Mepham - all of which are graduates of various academies throughout the UK; not to mention England starlet Lewis Cook, who but for an untimely knee injury would be right in the mix this term. With the club currently sitting pretty in 10th place - just a point behind 7th placed Wolves - Bournemouth are showing the rest of the division just what can be achieved should you place trust in homegrown talent and it's incredibly refreshing to see.