The news on Surman has gone cold over the last few weeks and it is understandable with the signing of Dan Gosling back in June. Nevertheless, Howe is clearly a fan of the former Southampton man who spent last season on loan at Bournemouth playing 35 games in the heart of the midfield. With Norwich relegated to the Championship, at the close of the season Surman said in an interview for a feature in the Bournemouth match-day programme that his future was up in the air and he would not rule out a permanent move to BH7 saying “he just wanted to enjoy his football”. Since returning for pre-season at Norwich Surman has featured in their early pre-season fixtures. Bournemouth do have plenty of quality in the midfield but Surman offered both experience and a cool head in the midfield giving the likes of Harry Arter and Eunan O’Kane the chance to express themselves.
At 27, Surman’s years as a winger a probably behind him, a role he played coming through the same set-up as Adam Lallana, Garath Bale, Theo Walcott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Luke Shaw (impressive company). Despite this he has adapted his game well to the middle of the park and keeps it simple, with a focus on moving the ball forward for other players to set up the chances. Saying this he does still have a cracking left-foot that can thread inch-perfect passes and scorching efforts from range. An unlikely move for Bournemouth with comings and goings at both clubs, but never rule anything out in football.