The Football League Paper - - INSIDE: - By Joshua Richards

BE­ING linked with Chelsea would be a dis­trac­tion for many young play­ers but Bournemouth boss Ed­die Howe in­sists Cal­lum Wil­son’s head hasn’t been turned.

Wil­son had notched 19 goals be­fore yes­ter­day’s clash with Mid­dles­brough and that haul has seen the striker linked with a move to the Pre­mier League lead­ers and As­ton Villa.

But Howe is con­fi­dent that the 23year-old, who moved to the Gold­sands Sta­dium from Coven­try last sum­mer, is still fully fo­cused on the job in hand as the Cher­ries gun for pro­mo­tion.

“I don’t think the Chelsea spec­u­la­tion af­fected Cal­lum at all,” said Howe. “It goes with the ter­ri­tory when you score goals and are suc­cess­ful, es­pe­cially at a young age which he is.

“He is go­ing to have to get used to it be­cause I don’t think it will stop if he con­tin­ues per­form­ing as he has.

“Cal­lum is level-headed and very fo­cused on short-term ob­jec­tives so we are for­tu­nate that he is built that way.

“I have no doubt that if he main­tains his form, he will be linked with other clubs.”

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