Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe maintains his squad still have plenty of room for improvement despite enjoying a best start to a Premier League campaign.
The Cherries head to bottom club Burnley in fifth place following last weekend’s 4-2 win over Leicester.
Three victories and a draw from the opening five matches makes impressive reading – but Howe is not about to let anyone’s focus slip.
“It has been a good start, there is no denying that. We are happy with what we have done and delivered, but there is more to come from the team,” the Bournemouth boss said.
“There are better performances in us, and individuals can do even better, so although it has been good to this point, I am still looking for this team to grow.
“I have always believed that no matter where you are or what you are doing, there is always room to improve. How can we push things on again?
“We are never going to be the finished product. You are always looking to take the team to the next step.
“It is so early in the season, no conclusions can be drawn yet and it is all to be proved.”
Howe added at a press conference: “The mentality of the group, that has always been one of our strengths and it has always felt like there is something special here.”
Despite Burnley’s poor results so far this season – which has also seen them juggle an unsuccessful early Europa League qualifying campaign – Howe believes his former club will soon be moving up the table.
“In terms of performances, they are strong and are a very disciplined team,” said Howe, who had a short spell in charge of the Clarets from January 2011 to October 2012.
“When they are functioning well, they are a tough team to beat, as a lot of sides found out last year.
“I don’t think they will be in that position for long.”
Bournemouth winger Junior Stanislas made a welcome return from a serious knee injury for the under-21s in the 8-1 Hampshire Senior Cup win over Eastleigh on Tuesday night.
Stanislas had been sidelined since the end of March with anterior ligament damage, and could be drafted into the first-team squad for Saturday’s trip to Turf Moor.
“I am really pleased for Junior. He has had a long time out of action, but it didn’t look like it when he played,” said Howe.
“He was very good with the ball, technically was excellent and contributed to an excellent team performance.”