Howe Refuses To Change Lerma Style

Howe Refuses To Change Lerma Style

Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe says he will not try and change the way Jefferson Lerma plays despite his disciplinary issues. Lerma has been a revelation since arriving from La Liga side Levante in a big-money deal over the summer, but he has picked up four yellow cards and is just one more away from a suspension.

 

The 24-year-old was also booked 18 times in 28 appearances for Levante, so he clearly has an issue, but Howe says he cannot change the way he plays the game. “It’s a concern because, potentially, we may lose him to suspension so that’s not something we would want. “But when you are that kind of player, I don’t know if you can take that natural aggression away when that is part of their strength. “I think he’s been unlucky with a couple of bookings and probably a couple have been warranted. “But I’d much rather he played his normal game than tried to become something he’s not.

 

I haven’t had too many conversations with him regarding that because I think it would be counterproductive. “A player going into a game trying not to get booked is a player going away from his natural instincts and we want Jeff’s natural instincts to be there in the game.”

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