Scott Parker backs Kieffer Moore to further trouble top-flight defense

Bournemouth head coach Scott Parker has backed ‘throwback’ Kieffer Moore to cause regular headaches for Premier League defenders.

Towering Cherries forward Moore made his Premier League debut by sealing Saturday’s 2-0 win over Aston Villa with a late header.

The 29-year-old Wales international, who played in the National League five years ago, has impressed with his teamwork and has been a constant threat to Villa centre-backs Ezri Konsa and Diego Carlos.

“I think you saw a snapshot of exactly what Kieffer is like,” Parker said. “He makes you uncomfortable.

“He can threaten you from behind because of his mobility, he can then get on his feet and hold the ball up and stick it and also put other players in play. He really is an all-around nine.

“He’s terrible to play against and I’m sure both Villa centre-backs will get away with it knowing they’ve been in a game.”

When asked if Moore’s qualities could be particularly helpful given the lack of comparable players in the top division, Parker replied: “Yeah, maybe – I think that’s a good point.

“I think Kieffer is probably a bit of a step backwards in that sense.”

Moore, who played at Euro 2020 and will hope to feature in his country’s squad for the World Cup later this year, nodded in Lloyd Kelly’s cross with 10 minutes remaining to reinforce Jefferson Lerma’s early opener.

Newly promoted Bournemouth will face champions Manchester City, Arsenal and Liverpool in the next three games.

“It’s a huge relief for us,” Parker said. “We have three tough games ahead of us, we know that.

“But in this division every game is tough, you can’t hide from that.

“I think the players have to understand the feeling of this game, not the three points, not the win.

“It’s more important to understand what got us the win and how we did, and that has to be there throughout the year.” Scott Parker backs Kieffer Moore to further trouble top-flight defense

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