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Nathan Ake

Position:
Defender
Date of birth:
18th February 1995
Nationality:
Netherlands
Height:
180
Date signed:
1st July 2017
Debut:
West Ham United V Bournemouth
Previous clubs:
Chelsea

Nathan Ake capped off his fine 2017/18 season with AFC Bournemouth by walking away with all of the player of the season prizes at the end of campaign awards night.

Ake first came to England in 2011 after agreeing to join Chelsea from Feyenoord aged just 16. He made his Premier League debut the following year in a 1-0 win over Norwich City at Carrow Road. 

A month later and the Dutch international was rewarded with his first start for the club in an FA Cup tie against Middlesbrough, before going on to start Chelsea's Europa League quarter-final clash with Rubin Kazan.

Ake, who is comfortable in defence and midfield, went on to win Chelsea's Young Player of the Year for 2013 and started his first Premier League clash three days later against Everton. 

However, after finding starts hard to come by following various managerial changes for the Blues, Ake sought regular first-team football and was loaned to Reading for a month towards the end of the 2014-15 season. 

Here, he made five league appearances for the Royals, three of which were draws, before returning to Chelsea to collect his winners medal after they were crowned Champions of England. 

The new campaign saw Ake, still just 20 years of age, complete a season-long loan to newly promoted Watford. Quique Sanchez Flores deployed him as a left-back and he went on to make 24 league appearances for the Hornets. 

His maiden goal in professional football came in December, scoring the opener in a 3-0 win over Liverpool at Vicarage Road. Come the end of the season, Ake's efforts and consistency had earned him Watford's Young Player of the Year award. 

Still learning, Ake opted to join the Cherries on loan ahead of the 2016-17 campaign. After cementing his place in the starting line-up, he went on to score his first goal for the club against Stoke City in a 1-0 win, whilst two weeks later he netted the winner in a thrilling 4-3 win against Liverpool. 

Recalled by Chelsea at the turn of the year, the Dutch international became a part of the squad which won the Premier League title and reached the FA Cup final. 

As the summer then got underway, Eddie Howe's side came calling once again, paying a club-record fee to secure Ake's signature. 

The young defender certainly didn't disappoint back at Vitality Stadium, playing in every Premier League match and missing just 60 minutes of the campaign while becoming a talismanic figure at the club, winning nearly all of the player of the month awards throughout the season.

Ake helped to further seal the affection of the Cherries support when he netted away to former club Chelsea in Bournemouth's 3-0 Stamford Bridge win in January.

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Stats

2018/19 First Team Appearances
24
Started
24
Substitute
0
Yellow cards
2
Red cards
0

Defence

Tackles
37
Tackle Success
52%
Blocks
24
Interceptions
21
Fouls
12
Balls recovered
112

Attack

Goals
3
Assists
0
Big Chances
0
Left Foot
1
Right Foot
0
Head
2
Penalty
0
Shots on Target
7
Shots off Target
10
Blocks
0

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