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Nathan Benjamin Ake | Defensemen | #5

Team: Bournemouth
Age / DOB:  (23) / 2/18/1995
Ht / Wt:  5'11" / 165

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AFC Bournemouth had no tricks up their sleeves on either side of the ball as they were outmatched by Liverpool in a 3-0 loss.
The Cherries have one of the weaker defensive records in the league, so it was always going to be a tall order to try and go to Anfield and get a result against Liverpool's potent attack. Finding themselves down after only seven minutes, Bournemouth could mount no threat, as the closest they came to scoring was a Ryan Fraser cross that was tapped in by Jermain Defoe but the goal was disallowed for offsides. The defense did their best to contain Mo Salah, but the Egyptian finally got his moment in the second half. Nathan Ake was lucky to avoid further punishment than a yellow card he received for bringing a Liverpool player down as he was bearing in on goal uncontested. Apr 14 - 6:56 PM
Source: NBC Sports

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Nathan Ake started in the centre of Holland's defence in Ronald Koeman's first win in charge of the national team.

After spending 90 minutes watching from the bench when England beat the Dutch at Wembley last Friday, Ake played all 90 minutes in the comfortable 3-0 win over European champions Portugal. Ake play as one of three central defenders for his sixth cap. Bournemouth's record signing has been a vital part of Eddie Howe's first team this season. The manager will be delighted to have him back seemingly unscathed after a good experience in Geneva.
Mar 27 - 9:15 PM

Eddie Howe has been very complimentary about Nathan Ake in the media this week, labelling the central defender as "a model of consistency" owing to his recent form.

The Dutchman has been ever present for the Cherries this term since returning to the south coast club in a £20 million deal in the summer, playing a part in all of Bournemouth's PL games this term with just one of those coming off the bench. Aside from his usual critical defensive contributions, Ake has found his way onto the scoresheet in recent weeks, scoring 2 PL goals in his last 8. However he is not a prolific shooter by any means, having taken just five shots in that whole period and three of those came against West Ham. The Cherries' great run of form came to a shuddering halt at Huddersfield in GW27 when they were thrashed 4-1 though they have a good chance to put things right in GW28 when they play Newcastle, fresh after a week-long training camp in Portugal.
Feb 22 - 7:28 AM

Nathan Ake was not included in the Netherlands squad for their World Cup qualifiers against France and Bulgaria due to injury.

The Cherries defender now faces a race against time to be fit for next weekend’s Premier League clash at the Emirates after suffering an ankle injury during the dying moments of the 2-1 defeat by Manchester City. Eddie Howe confirmed Ake was unable to join up with his international teammates, and instead, remained on the south coast to work with the club’s medical team. With captain Simon Francis still struggling with a hamstring problem, Bournemouth may revert to back four with Tyrone Mings partnering Steve Cook in the heart of defence, a move which could see Ryan Fraser recalled to the starting line-up.
Sun, Sep 3, 2017 03:53:00 PM

Nik Argiropoulos is tipping defender Nathan Ake to perform well this weekend as Bournemouth host Watford.

A regular in Nik's column during his Bournemouth loan spell last season, Ake contributes a variety of fantasy points for defensive contributions while offering a threat at set pieces (three goals in eight PL starts last term). We saw a glimpse of these qualities against West Brom last weekend with the young centre-back winning four tackles, four aerial duels, making three clearances, an interception and producing a shot on target, returning 10 points in Togga's Perfect XI format despite a disappointing defeat for the Cherries. He can surpass that score in victory at home to Watford.
Source: Rotoworld
Fri, Aug 18, 2017 05:08:00 AM

Bournemouth and Eddie Howe got their man with a move for Chelsea defender Nathan Ake.

After playing half of last season on loan at Bournemouth, the 22-year-old now becomes the club-record signing in a reported £20 million move. Ake only played in two of the club's first 11 games last season before he broke into the starting lineup, excelling as a starter in eight of the next nine matches. But Chelsea manager Antonio Conte recalled the Dutch international from his loan in January to make only two league appearances until the end of the season. But now Ake returns to the Cherries as a vaunted starter. "I had a great time here last season so I’m really happy to be back," said Ake. "It’s an exciting challenge. Chelsea is a great club and I learned so much there but this is a new step and the right place for me to develop even more."
Fri, Jun 30, 2017 06:48:00 PM

Chelsea's Nathan Aké is reportedly on the cusp of completing a £20 million move to Bournemouth.

The deal will be a club record for the south coast club, who have beaten off competition from West Ham, Newcastle and many others to return Aké to the Vitality Stadium. The young Dutch defender was a revelation once he broke into the Cherries starting XI in a loan deal last season, but his spell there was cut short when his parent club recalled him in January. Eddie Howe's attempts to bring Aké back to the club immediately in a January deal were unsuccessful, even though the versatile defender barely got a look in once back at Stamford Bridge. While Aké was undoubtedly frustrated by the early termination of his loan last season, relations with Chelsea are still on good terms, with Aké never requesting to leave nor did the club wish to lose his undoubted talents and potential. Instead, Chelsea may look to re-sign him later on in his career, after he gets the game time necessary to develop which they couldn't guarantee to him at this time.
Source: The Guardian
Wed, Jun 28, 2017 06:57:00 PM

AFC Bournemouth are leading the chase to sign Chelsea defender Nathan Ake.

Ake spent the first half of 2016-17 on loan, and after a slow start to his spell on the south coast, the 22-year-old flourished under Eddie Howe and it was those performances which prompted Antonio Conte to recall the youngster in January. However, his return to Stamford Bridge didn’t pan out as he had originally hoped, and once again opportunities to feature for the first-team were limited - Ake made just one league start [playing 98 minutes] during the remainder of the campaign. But, it now looks like Bournemouth could be back for a second bite of the cherry, only this time on a permanent basis, for a fee believed to be in the region of £20 million. If Ake does sign then he will join former teammate Asmir Begovic who arrived at the club last month.
Source: The Metro
Mon, Jun 26, 2017 06:22:00 AM

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe is reportedly keen to bring former loanee Nathan Aké and Asmir Begovic to the Vitality Stadium.

The Cherries' summer objective is to bring players to the club that will take them to the next level in the PL after consolidating their status in the division this season. Aké, 22, had a very successful loan spell with the Cherries until he was recalled by his parent club Chelsea back in January. Since, he has been a backup option for Conte, as has goalkeeper Asmir Begovic. Bournemouth approached Chelsea for the pair back in January but both their attempts failed. In the case of Begovic, Conte would not let him go until a suitable understudy to Courtois was secured. For Aké, Chelsea are reluctant to sell given his obvious potential to be a first team player for them in the future. However, Bournemouth may start by offering as high as £20 million for his services. That would be difficult for them to refuse.
Source: The Guardian
Thu, May 18, 2017 09:24:00 AM

Nathan Ake played his first 90 minutes for Chelsea since his loan recall from Bournemouth during Sunday's 4-0 FA Cup win over Brentford.

The Dutchmen, who made 10 Premier League appearance for the Cherries this season, put in a strong shift at left-wing back before shifting into Chelsea's back three in the second half during the club's win over Brentford. After the match, Ake said he has a clear understanding of what is desired of him and how he must go about earning his keep at Stamford Bridge. "On the first day I was back, [Antonio Conte] called me into his office and explained the different positions he sees me in and what he expects from me when I play those positions," Ake said. "For him, age doesn't matter. I just have to show him I'm ready to be here and that's what I try to do in training." While the 21-year-old will face tight competition for regular starts, an injury to Conte's current first-team would likely see Ake step into the starting XI at Stamford Bridge.
Mon, Jan 30, 2017 03:00:00 PM

Nathan Ake's short and sweet period on loan at Bournemouth from Chelsea is over.

The 21 year old Dutch defender arrived at the club back in June and went on to make 12 first team appearances. Ake broke into the Cherries' starting XI in the mid-November win over Stoke, scoring the only goal in a 1-0 win in his first league start. The headline grabbing performance transformed what had been a frustrating spell bench-warming into a huge opportunity. He went on to start all but one of the next 10 league games at centre-back (he was ineligible to play Chelsea), scoring the dramatic winner against Liverpool and a consolation against Southampton. Eddie Howe will be disappointed to lose the versatile defender, who had become an important team member at Bournemouth.
Source: BBC Sport
Sun, Jan 8, 2017 07:28:00 AM

Bournemouth will have to find a way to manage without defender Nathan Ake for the Boxing Day trip to west London.

Due to Premier League rules preventing on-loan players from featuring against their parent clubs, Ake won't be available to face Chelsea. The omission will come as a big loss for the Cherries as Ake has started each of the last six Premier League matches, recording three goals and a clean sheet after making only two substitute appearances until Week 12. Said manager Eddie Howe: "He’ll be a really big miss for us, he’s a real level-headed lad and has shown his abilities since he's had his chance. He’s scored some big goals for us as well so he won't be easy to replace."
Sat, Dec 24, 2016 07:38:00 PM

Nathan Aké scored just six minutes into Sunday's match with Southampton, but Bournemouth were unable to hold the lead and conceded two second-half goals in 3-1 loss at The Vitality Stadium.

Bournemouth started the match in dream fashion and took the lead after just six minutes. The goal, a product of a short-corner routine, saw Jack Wilshere loft a cross to the back post where it found Aké who finished with a great diving header into the bottom-left corner of the net. However, the Cherries saw their lead undone on 14 minutes. Leveling the match was Ryan Bertrand, who cut inside Adam Smith and powered past Simon Francis before finishing from a tight angle. While the fixture remained even at the half, an inspired Jay Rodriguez tapped home before thunder in a volley in the second half to hand Bournemouth a 3-1 defeat at home. The loss means Eddie Howe's side remain in 10th on 21 points, even on points with Watford and Stoke City.
Source: NBC Sports
Sun, Dec 18, 2016 11:56:00 AM

Bournemouth's versatile defender Nathan Ake is set to start his fourth Premier League game in a row against Burnley on Saturday.

Ake, who scored the last gasp winner against Liverpool in GW14, has given some fine displays for the Cherries in his recent spell filling in for both Adam Smith who was suspended and Charlie Daniels who was injured. However, Daniels has now recovered and will return to his centre-back berth on Saturday. It is expected that Howe will not drop Ake, and instead will make way at left back for the Chelsea loanee by relegating Adam Smith to the bench.
Fri, Dec 9, 2016 06:03:00 AM

Nathan Ake insists that he would rather finish out the season on loan at Bournemouth from Chelsea rather than be recalled.

The young Dutchman has grabbed his opportunity to break into the Cherries first team in recent weeks due to an injury to Charlie Daniels at cleft back and because of Adam Smith's suspension a few weeks ago at right back. He has scored twice in three league games, the memorable late winner last weekend against Liverpool and the decider in the 1-0 win over Stoke. His recent goals tripled his PL tally, having notched up one during his loan spell at Watford last season too.
Tue, Dec 6, 2016 01:59:00 PM