Parker's praise for 'throwback' striker Moore

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AFC Bournemouth v Aston Villa in first game of the new Premier League season at Vitality Stadium. Kieffer Moore goal..Picture by Richard Crease.
AFC Bournemouth v Aston Villa in first game of the new Premier League season at Vitality Stadium. Kieffer Moore goal..Picture by Richard Crease.

BOSS Scott Parker referred to Kieffer Moore as a “throwback” – before sharing that the striker was unlike any other he had played or even seen before.

Welshman Moore continued his prolific streak in a Cherries shirt at the weekend, heading home on his first start for the club on his Premier League debut.

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The towering attacker was a constant threat to the Villa backline, with Cherries keen to use his physicality and height to gain territory and move the ball forwards.

Despite appearing to be an archetypal target man, Moore also boasts the ability to press, with only Leeds United’s Brenden Aaronson recording more pressures than the 30-year-old’s 30 over the weekend.

Discussing the Welsh international, Parker shared: “I think Kieffer is probably a little bit of a throwback in that sense.

“He’s probably a modern day nine in his stature and his profile, he’s mobile, you can get things into him and he can bring players into play.

“But certainly, he is horrible to play against. I’m sure both center-halves for Villa came away knowing they were in a game.”

Parker was then asked if he could think of a similar player to the former Dorchester Town man, with the ex-Fulham boss stating that Moore was a special breed.

“Not really, no,” he replied.

“He's his own player in that sense.

“But I think you see today a snapshot in 90 minutes, I suppose, exactly what Kieffer’s like.

“He makes it uncomfortable for you.

"He can threaten you in behind, in terms of because of his mobileness (sic) and he can then come into feet and hold the ball up, make it stick and bring in other players into play as well.

“So he’s an all round nine.”

Moore’s effort at the weekend means he continues a remarkable streak for Cherries. Since returning from a broken foot sustained on his debut in February, Moore has scored five times in fives games – with just seven shots taken during that time.

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