VAR still needs to prove itself, says Bournemouth’s Eddie Howe

Eddie Howe states VAR is yet to prove itself in the wake of Mike Riley’s admission that there were four decisions.
Two of the four episodes mentioned by referees’ chief Riley included Bournemouth. Youri Tielemans’ stamp on Callum Wilson was only one, and another was the decision to not award Manchester City a punishment when Jefferson Lerma stood David Silva’s foot.
Howe is glad that there’s transparency around the choices, but says he is”still on the fence” around VAR as a idea.
“It is interesting that they’ve come out and stated that there has been mistakes made, which I believe is really a good thing,” Howe said at Friday’s press conference.
“I’ve got no issue with them recognizing that and coming out, I think that is a positive thing to the game and for VAR.
“I always stated at the start of the season there’s likely to be errors, but there is definitely going to be more twists and turns in using it and how the grading system operates and what they change.
“The Tielemans handle – for me that should have been a red card. I’ll likely stay silent on the other one!”
Asked if he was a fan of VAR’s impact, Howe said:”I’m still on the fence. It has to show itself to me that it’s fantastic for the game”
Bournemouth confront Everton live on Super Sunday, a match that could observe the return of midfielder Lewis Cook. The 22-year-old was out of action since December but comprised in a 6-1 victory over Queens Park Rangers night.
Howe stated he will create a”late call” on whether Cook will perform against the Toffees, but his return to fitness – as well as Lloyd Kelly and Simon Francis coming in training – has had a more positive influence on the squad.
“This weekend, I am not sure, it may come a bit too early for me personally,” said Howe on Cook. “He is trained now for a sustained time period and seemed really great.
“He has had a match today which is a very major step ahead for him he’s getting closer and closer. On whether he’s involved in this match or not I’ll have to make a late call.
“He’s a big player for us. Another player that’s really, really popular a player .
“Naturally once you get a large player like that back into the group it gives everyone an additional spring in their step. The group’s potency is important.
“Everybody builds confidence levels when they view, not just Lewis however Simon Francis and Lloyd Kelly straight in. The team looks much fitter so it has been a really good week in that respect.”
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