The 24-year-old returns from a five-match ban for Bournemouth's game against Tottenham this weekend and will be taking Howe's advice on board.
“It does help having a manager who was a centre-back – and he was comfortable on the ball as well," he told the Daily Echo.
“He had to be clever because he wasn’t the tallest, so he was a very bright defender.
“His ideas and his experience definitely rub off on me. We have had a lot of conversations about the similarities between us.
“He is a great manager and a great coach to learn from. He is knowledgeable about every position but his experience as a defender certainly helps me.”