Ouattara this world! Bournemouth's new boy Dango shines in 1-1 draw

Ouattara this world! Bournemouth’s £20m new boy Dango barely speaks a word of English, but gives Gary O’Neil’s Cherries a lift during draw with Nottingham Forest

  • Dango Ouattara set up Bournemouth’s goal in 1-1 draw with Nottingham Forest
  • The new £20m signing barely speaks English but lit up the game for Cherrries
  • Boss Gary O’Neil warned not to expect too much too soon from Ouattara 

Dango Ouattara. Remember the name. Bournemouth’s £20million new signing barely speaks a word of English, but he is already doing his talking on the pitch.

Thrown in against a resurgent Nottingham Forest after only a day’s training, the 20-year-old Burkina Faso international sparkled on his Premier League debut. 

The winger helped the Cherries stop the rot after six straight defeats in all competitions, setting up Jaidon Anthony’s opener, and with a bit more composure would have scored a couple himself. 

Dango Ouattara set up Bournemouth’s goal on his debut for the club after a £20m move

Bournemouth old boy Sam Surridge spoiled the party by coming back to haunt his old club, scoring a late equaliser off the bench for Forest, who have now taken 12 points from their last seven league games.

Despite the language barrier there was certainly no communication breakdown between Ouattara and his team-mates. Defender Jordan Zemura said: ‘No English for him. Me? No French! It’s all hand gestures. All he knows is “back post”, and he says that all the time.

‘When we scored, I don’t know what he said to me, he said something in French. It sounded like “bon marche”, but he was happy so I said the same thing back. When he first came in, we could see the talent that he had and the qualities that he showed.’

Defender Jordan Zemura said he communicated with Ouattara on the pitch using hand signals

Ouattara is the first addition of the Bill Foley era at Bournemouth and shot to prominence with six goals and six assists in 18 games for Lorient in Ligue 1 this season.

Bournemouth manager Gary O’Neil said: ‘We need to be sensible with our expectations. He’s a 20-year-old who’s never played in England. He’s a talent and I’m excited about what he can bring. 

‘But let’s improve him and not expect too much too soon. His English is limited. We’ve got a couple of French-speaking players who can interpret for him. As a debut goes… having not trained much, in a new country, with a group of players you’ve never met, he was a real bright spark.’

Gaffer Gary O’Neil warned not to expect too much too soon from their new boy Ouattara


Bournemouth (4-4-2): Neto 6; A Smith 5, Stephens 6, Kelly 8, Zemura 7; Christie 6 (Dembele 88min), Rothwell 5 (Pearson 74, 6), Lerma 6, Anthony 7; Ouattara 8, Moore 5. 

Scorer: Anthony 28. 

Booked: Kelly. 

Manager: Gary O’Neil 6.

Nottingham Forest (4-3-1-2): Hennessey 7; Aurier 6 (Williams 76), Worrall 7, Boly 6 (McKenna 75, 6), Lodi 6; Yates 6 (Danilo 44, 6), Freuler 6, Mangala 5 (Scarpa 60, 6); Gibbs-White 7; Johnson 7, Wood 5 (Surridge 76). 

Scorer: Surridge 83. 

Booked: Worrall, Scarpa. 

Manager: Steve Cooper 6.

Referee: Andy Madley 6. Attendance: 10,248.

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