Christian Saydee came off the bench to score and assist on his professional debut leaving head coach Scott Parker “pleased” for the 19-year-old.
A product of the Cherries academy system, Saydee replaced Dominic Solanke with 14 minutes left on the clock and the young striker took no time in making an impression – scoring just four minutes into his debut.
Just three minutes later Saydee provided an assist for David Brooks to help the Cherries secure a dominating 5-0 victory against MK Dons and progress to the second round of the Carabao Cup.
When asked about the forward post-match, Parker said: “Yeah, brilliant afternoon for Christian.
“He has worked really hard in the four weeks he has been with us, to come here and the steps he has taken in terms of his physicality from where he was to where he is now, he deserved his goal – I am pleased for him.”
Saydee has impressed for the under 18’s and under 21’s at the Dorset club having joined from Reading at the age of 16.
After coming to the intention of former manager Eddie Howe with an impressive start to the 2019/20 season – top scoring for the under 18’s with 13 goals by November – the exciting striker has also played for the under 21’s and had several loans at non-league level including Poole Town and Weymouth.
When asked about what it is about the 19-year-old that Parker likes, the Cherries boss added: “One I have liked his work effort, because like I said, he came in with us and there was an element I didn’t like, in terms of his physicality, he needed work and he has embraced the challenge I have set him and put in the hard work when others may have shirked away or quit.”
Having played a part in the 2-1 defeat against Chelsea in midweek, Saydee also played for the under 21’s the following day against Fulham.
Despite losing 3-1, the striker was able to get on the score sheet and it is that determination and commitment to playing that has impressed Parker.
He added: “The boy has shown some resilience and shown some character and has got himself into a position to do what he has done today really, so it was fully deserved.”
Solanke is the first choice striker at Vitality Stadium this season and another promising academy graduate in Sam Surridge is the deputy, but as seen against The Dons, when Surridge is unavailable there is a third option Parker can turn to.
Competition for places is key to any successful side and with Bournemouth they now appear to have that in the centre-forward position.