Three talking points as Callum Wilson helped Bournemouth thrash Huddersfield Town
Callum Wilson’s hat-trick ensured Bournemouth recorded back-to-back Premier League victories for the first time this season, as newly-promoted Huddersfield Town were put to the sword at Vitality Stadium.
Wilson, who has only recently returned from a serious knee injury, netted his first top-flight goals since January as the Cherries climbed to 13th in the table, with Harry Arter the other name on the scoresheet.
Huddersfield, who had made the long journey south in good spirits, produced a lacklustre performance and were unable to capitalise on the sending off of Bournemouth skipper Simon Francis for a second bookable offence, shortly before half-time.
Here are three talking points from a memorable afternoon in Dorset…
Wilson’s reward after his injury nightmare
To possess the mental fortitude to recover from one career-threatening injury is one thing. But to recover from two? That’s exactly what Wilson has had to do in the past couple of years.
He missed seven months of Bournemouth’s inaugural Premier League campaign after sustaining serious knee ligament damage in September 2015. Then, just 16 months later, the former Coventry City striker suffered the same injury to his other knee.
Many wondered whether he would ever play professionally again, let alone in the Premier League. However, to his eternal credit, Wilson has confounded the doubters and looks stronger than ever.
His hat-trick against Huddersfield was the second for Bournemouth in the Premier League and it exemplified his talent for scoring goals. Nobody deserves the accolades and plaudits more than Wilson.
Huddersfield are toothless on their travels
With 15 points from 12 fixtures, Huddersfield are in the relative safety of mid-table and boss David Wagner can be very satisfied with their start to life in the Premier League.
One area for concern is their away form, though.
The Terriers won their opening game of the season at troubled Crystal Palace, but since then have failed to register a single goal on their travels, taking just one further point.
Home form is vital for the promoted sides, and with a victory over Manchester United already under their belts, Huddersfield have proved that they can match the very best in front of their own supporters.
However, Wagner needs to unearth a game-plan that makes them more competitive on the road.
Although the table makes for pleasant reading at present, the outlook can quickly change.
Ake looks every inch a £20 million man
Quite rightly, Wilson stole the headlines thanks to his hat-trick against Huddersfield. However, at the other end of the pitch, Nathan Ake produced another flawless performance in the heart of defence.
The Dutchman became Bournemouth’s record signing when he completed a £20 million transfer from Chelsea in the summer and he has not let that price-tag affect him.
Composed and classy on the ball, Ake is dominant in the air and reads the game brilliantly.
Howe had seen his qualities during a loan spell at the club last season, and he identified the 22-year-old as his main priority in the summer transfer window.
Bournemouth have been much more assured defensively this season, mainly through Ake’s calming influence. His value is increasing with every display.