Callum Wilson has revealed his delight at being praised by Thierry Henry.
The Bournemouth frontman has arrived in the Premier League with a bang, netting four goals in four games including a hattrick against West Ham last month as the Cherries put four past the Hammers.
But one of his highlights so far this season is being praised by Henry.
“Day-to-day life at the club doesn’t feel too different this year,” Wilson said. “When you’re doing well, no matter what league you’re in, you get a lot of attention.
“Some moments do stand out though, like seeing Thierry Henry talk about me on Monday Night Football. He was my footballing idol growing up so things like that definitely give you confidence.
“We’ve had a sports psychologist come in recently and I spoke to him about my penalty taking. He also did some breathing techniques with me to help get any feelings of doubt out of my body.
“Some of the lads don’t buy into that way of working, but on a one-to-one level I think it’s superb. I don’t think people realise just how big the psychological side of football is.”
Wilson signed for Bournemouth in 2014 after spending the bulk of his career with Coventry before being sent out on loan to Kettering Town and Tamworth. His is quite the story.
Still only 23, if he continues to show the sort of form we’ve seen from him since Bournemouth won promotion to the Premier League, he will soon be faced with some big choices regarding his future.
He cost Bournemouth a reported £3m. No doubt, he would cost a hell of a lot more now.
Wilson could be about to be joined by former Arsenal youngster, Austin Lipman, who has been training with the club and who also took part in a friendly against Reading last Friday.
Lipman was one of a number of players released by Arsenal this summer. He is still only 19.