By Matt Farr
Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe believes that Rangers can help Emerson Hyndman fulfil his potential to become a star Premier League midfielder.
Howe agreed to let the 20-year-old leave the south coast club on loan last month, and it was Mark Warburton’s Rangers that won the race to sign the highly-rated midfield enforcer.
The USA international went straight into Warburton’s starting line-up, and has become an instant hit at Ibrox, contributing two goals and one assist from his first three games.
He is set to remain at Rangers until the end of the season, and his Bournemouth boss Howe is confident that his spell with help him flourish.
He told the Daily Echo: “Emerson has huge potential to be a very good player for us over a number of years. To get to that point we felt he needed to play games.
“The reason behind the Rangers move was twofold. The size of the club and the experience he will gain up there, in terms of the pressure environment and the amount of people watching him, we felt would be really good for him.
“We also felt working with Mark Warburton would do him the world of good. I’ve got a lot of time for Mark since his work at Brentford and how he coaches.”
Hyndman moved to Bournemouth from Fulham back in the summer after his contract expired.
He couldn’t establish himself in the first-team at Craven Cottage, but had been impressing enough at international level for Howe to take a punt on him.
First-team opportunities were still hard to come by at Bournemouth, but Howe is fully aware of Hyndman’s potential and is keen for him to develop.
He has been a regular feature for USA’s youth sides, but has also gone on to make two appearances for the senior side.