Harry Arter played a full 90 minutes as Bournemouth demolished Bury 6-0 in the Premier League Youth Cup on Tuesday following continuing speculation over his future.
The 28-year-old, who was linked with a move to West Ham in the January transfer window, has told The Times that there “could be a discussion” with Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe at the end of the season after a lack of game time.
Arter has fallen down the pecking order to teammates Lewis Cook and Dan Gosling in recent weeks but showed no signs of discontent as he helped the under-21s dispatch a weak Bury side with a wonderful strike on 25 minutes after cleverly winning the ball and playing a neat one-two.
That finish was part of a Cherries onslaught which saw four first half goals in the space of nine minutes as the home side eventually ran out as 6-0 winners.
Speaking after the game, Bournemouth under-21s head coach Carl Fletcher told Buzz News: “Harry’s come to get some minutes which is great. He had loads of touches on the ball and played well. It’s good for our youth players to play alongside a Premier League player.”
When asked how Arter’s mood has been around the club and in training, Fletcher responded that he was “fine” and also praised his goal in the first half.
“It was a good finish. He won the ball high up the pitch and played some clever passes in the build up.”
Arter, who has 11 caps for the Republic of Ireland, was not the only first team player in the starting line up with United States international Emerson Hyndman and Australian duo Adam Federici and Brad Smith also present.
Hyndman, who spent the second half of last season on loan at Scottish side Rangers, enjoyed a good game himself registering an assist in the first half and a goal in the second.
His short pass found Kyle Taylor on the left side of the box who slotted into the bottom right, before adding Bournemouth’s sixth on 76 minutes with a close range effort.
Cherries under-21s captain Matt Butcher added: “All the lads played brilliantly. It’s quite easy to come down and not try your best or work hard but they all did well so credit to them.”