AFC Bournemouth: Eddie Howe wary of Grant Holt goal threat

Grant Holt

Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe has warned his players of the goal threat from Wigan's Grant Holt, also admitting he was surprised the striker left Premier League Norwich for the Championship.

The Cherries host Wigan on Saturday and Howe says his defenders must be aware of the danger that Holt will pose.

"We respect him and what he has done in the game and how he has built his way up," Howe told BBC Radio Solent.

"We have to try and find a way to stop him."

Wigan, who Howe believes are among the favourites for promotion this season, were relegated to the Championship last term.

During his time at Norwich, Holt scored 78 goals in 168 appearances and helped the Canaries win back-to-back promotions from League One to the Premier League.

And Howe says he was shocked to see Holt drop a division after his success with Norwich.

"I was [surprised]," said Howe. "I felt he established himself in the Premier League and did very well.

"He has moved on and he is now at Wigan and he will be confident his side can challenge at the top end of the league."

Cherries duo Elliott Ward and Andrew Surman both played with Holt at Norwich and Marc Pugh was in the same Shrewsbury team as the 32-year-old.

And Pugh echoed Howe's sentiments that Holt will be a major threat at the weekend.

"They've got a big target man now in Grant Holt, who I was at Shrewsbury with, and I'm sure they will use him effectively because he is going to be a big threat for them," Pugh told BBC Radio Solent.

"They've got individual quality all over the pitch. I was surprised (he left Norwich) and he will get goals at this level and we have to nullify that threat and hopefully get a couple of goals ourselves."

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