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Nathan Benjamin Ake | Defensemen | #6

Team: Chelsea
Age / DOB:  (22) / 2/18/1995
Ht / Wt:  5'11" / 165

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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. Jun 26 - 6:22 AM
Source: The Metro

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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
May 18 - 9:24 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.
Jan 30 - 3:00 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
Jan 8 - 7:28 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

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe was quick to dispel rumors that Chelsea would recall Nathan Ake from his loan.

Reports circulated this week that Chelsea manager Antonio Conte was prepared to recall the young defender from his loan after a lack of playing time that saw him make only two substitute appearances in the Premier League entering this weekend. But the Dutch international made the most of a rare start in place of the suspended Adam Smith, scoring the match-winner against Stoke City at the weekend. Said Howe: "We've had meetings with Chelsea regarding his progression but there's been no mention of January or anything like that. Obviously it's up to me to make the best decisions for Bournemouth. But we love Nathe. We think he's a really talented player with a bright future ahead of him."
Source: Sky Sports
Mon, Nov 21, 2016 07:01:00 AM

Nathan Ake scored a headed goal in the 26th minute to give the Cherries three points at Stoke City.

The Cherries recovered their form after two duds in a row and beat Stoke City on the strength of a Nathan Ake goal. They could well have been a goal up by then after a fairly obvious penalty went uncalled on Callum Wilson.
Sat, Nov 19, 2016 01:43:00 PM

Chelsea's Nathan Ake, who is on loan at Bournemouth, has expressed his frustration at his lack of game time this term.

The 21 year old joined the club in order to build on the experience he got while at Watford for a spell last season. He feels the competition at the club is great but he is still wishing he played more than two Premier League games so far. The Dutchman's main position is centre back, but it appears that Eddie Howe currently favours the partnership of Steve Cook and Simon Francis.
Source: The Express
Sat, Oct 8, 2016 11:23:00 AM

Nathan Ake will look to follow up a strong season on loan at Watford with another step forward on the south coast as he joins Bournemouth on loan from Chelsea for the 2016-17 season.

The move to Bournemouth marks Ake's third loan move since his arrival at Chelsea. He had a brief stint at Reading in the Championship before his Young Player of the Season turn at Vicarage Road last season. Able to play multiple positions, it isn't entirely clear where Ake fits in with the Cherries. Charlie Daniels (left back) and the central pairing of Simon Francis and Steve Cook were solid in the positions Ake is most asssociated with. Perhaps Francis will play on the right regularly - he split time between center back and right back about evenly last season - with Ake playing centrally. Perhaps Ake will just be excellent depth for what was a thin squad last season. Regardless, Bournemouth made a solid, if short-term, acquisition today.
Wed, Jun 29, 2016 11:31:00 AM

Nathan Ake returns to the Watford squad after sitting out three matches for a straight red card for violent conduct.

Watford have been slipping down the table in Ake's absence. It is likely that most of that is due to regression to the mean rather than the Chelsea loanee's absence but that certainly hasn't helped. Ake has been very good when given a chance and with struggling Swansea the opposition in Week 22, Ake is a solid bet to perform very well with a clean sheet and points going forward both realistic targets for the left back.
Fri, Jan 15, 2016 11:57:00 AM

Odion Ighalo scored yet again to level the match with Tottenham, but a red card for Nathan Ake helped Spurs edge Watford in the final minute of a 1-2 loss.

Watford conceded inside of twenty minutes, but Ighalo once again showed why he is building a resume that will surely see him playing for a big club in the near future. In the 41st minute, he was once again fed a ball by Troy Deeney that bounced over the head of Eric Dier and Ighalo made the Spurs defender look silly by dancing around him and scoring with ease yet again. The Nigerian simply does not know what the meaning of "pressure" is. The match could have gone either way, but Nathan Ake was sent off after a high boot on Erik Lamela just after the hour mark. Watford kept up the pressure and had an opportunity for a winner themselves down a man, but they got stung late on. Still, another solid effort from the promoted side that look very safe to stay up at the end of the season.
Source: NBC Sports
Mon, Dec 28, 2015 12:19:00 PM

Nathan Ake has been having a strong season for Watford but he won't add to it in Week 18 as he misses out against his parent club.

The Watford left back has been excellent since coming into the starting lineup at Vicarage Road. Watford will have to look for another solution this week as Ake is ineligible to face the club he is on loan from. Ikechi Anya is likely to deputize.
Thu, Dec 24, 2015 08:12:00 PM