AFC Bournemouth: Thomas seeks starting role to prove his worth at Cherries

Bournemouth Echo: BIDING HIS TIME: AFC Bournemouth striker Wes Thomas BIDING HIS TIME: AFC Bournemouth striker Wes Thomas

STRIKER Wes Thomas insists Cherries fans have yet to see his best in the Championship as he bides his time for a chance to lead the line.

Thomas, who has yet to find the net this season, feels he has sacrificed elements of his game to aid the club’s cause before stating his patience would not waiver in his quest for a starting slot.

The 26-year-old frontrunner hasn’t kicked-off a Championship fixture since the opening day against Charlton Athletic but has been utilised from the substitutes’ bench on nine occasions in league matches this season, more than any other Cherries player.

Despite Thomas spending the bulk of the club’s promotion-winning campaign out on loan, boss Eddie Howe displayed his faith in the nomadic front-runner when two summer approaches from Swindon Town were rejected.

And while the former Crawley hitman remains keen for more game time, Thomas reckons being settled at Dean Court will help him to rediscover his goalscoring knack.

In a candid assessment of his season so far, Thomas told the Daily Echo: “I don’t think I have really shown what I can do since I came back but competition for places has been tough.

“First and foremost, my aim is to get back into the team and once that happens I am sure people will start seeing the best in me.

“When you are at one club and know where you are going to be it helps you to focus on the football side of things.

“In terms of form, not playing can hold you back but my objective is to stay settled, force my way back into the team and start showing people what I can really do.

“When you’re in the team regularly and playing well it’s a big help to your confidence but sometimes all you can do is work hard, stay patient and wait for your opportunity to come round.”

Meanwhile Thomas, who hailed as “fantastic” the support he has been afforded since returning to Dean Court, expressed a steadfast belief that his barren spell would soon end.

On his quest for that elusive first goal of the season, he added: “When I have played I think I have given up parts of my game to prove my commitment to the team.

“I have had to do certain jobs which have not helped me as a player. I have probably been working too hard on my defensive duties rather than trying to get into good positions in front of goal.

“When you have not scored for a while, you sometimes start snatching at opportunities but it is something I am working on and I’m still confident it will turn around very soon.”

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7:55pm Fri 13 Dec 13

your having a laugh111 says...

We should have sold him when we had the chance, he is useless.
We should have sold him when we had the chance, he is useless. your having a laugh111

7:58pm Fri 13 Dec 13

holdinkæft says...

“I have had to do certain jobs which have not helped me as a player. I have probably been working too hard on my defensive duties rather than trying to get into good positions in front of goal.

It seems all our forwards have these defensive duties, I dont understand why Fraser at 5,4 is back in our area during opponants corners.
“I have had to do certain jobs which have not helped me as a player. I have probably been working too hard on my defensive duties rather than trying to get into good positions in front of goal. It seems all our forwards have these defensive duties, I dont understand why Fraser at 5,4 is back in our area during opponants corners. holdinkæft

8:01pm Fri 13 Dec 13

holdinkæft says...

your having a laugh111 wrote:
We should have sold him when we had the chance, he is useless.
Howe didnt sell him for a reason, i would like to see him get 90 mins.
[quote][p][bold]your having a laugh111[/bold] wrote: We should have sold him when we had the chance, he is useless.[/p][/quote]Howe didnt sell him for a reason, i would like to see him get 90 mins. holdinkæft

9:39pm Fri 13 Dec 13

abc100 says...

We all know Wes hasn't done himself any favours at all, but I think he does have some good qualities, he is quick,strong decent in the air, can lead the line but you can't get away from the fact that he misses some easy chances and can't stick the ball in the net and I suppose that's the bottom line for a forward
We all know Wes hasn't done himself any favours at all, but I think he does have some good qualities, he is quick,strong decent in the air, can lead the line but you can't get away from the fact that he misses some easy chances and can't stick the ball in the net and I suppose that's the bottom line for a forward abc100

9:45pm Fri 13 Dec 13

your having a laugh111 says...

holdinkæft wrote:
your having a laugh111 wrote:
We should have sold him when we had the chance, he is useless.
Howe didnt sell him for a reason, i would like to see him get 90 mins.
He is a liability, we will never score with him in the team.
[quote][p][bold]holdinkæft[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]your having a laugh111[/bold] wrote: We should have sold him when we had the chance, he is useless.[/p][/quote]Howe didnt sell him for a reason, i would like to see him get 90 mins.[/p][/quote]He is a liability, we will never score with him in the team. your having a laugh111

9:53pm Fri 13 Dec 13

curryandstella says...

He is a problem player. My son played against him in a friendly, very bad attitude. not a championship player.
He is a problem player. My son played against him in a friendly, very bad attitude. not a championship player. curryandstella

11:17pm Fri 13 Dec 13

raybren says...

Anagram of Wes Thomas = So West Ham ! I believe that ' s why Sam Allardyce is under threat , he hasn ' t got a striker that can score .
Anagram of Wes Thomas = So West Ham ! I believe that ' s why Sam Allardyce is under threat , he hasn ' t got a striker that can score . raybren

12:06am Sat 14 Dec 13

big_afcb_fan says...

play him or sell him
play him or sell him big_afcb_fan

8:50am Sat 14 Dec 13

afcbcrackerjack says...

a great player get behind all our players
a great player get behind all our players afcbcrackerjack

9:11am Sat 14 Dec 13

bigfatsteve says...

I think Wes will stay down in the pecking order, while Grabban and Pitman are fit. We also have 2.5 million pounds sitting on the bench in Rantie, who at some point this season has got to prove his worth. I would like to see Jayden Stockley back at the club and brought on as a sub for the last 10/15 minutes when we are winning. He would give us an outlet being good in the air and has the ability to hold play up, we need to keep the ball in the oppositions half rather than retreat and try to defend. I would hate to see the lad move on and develop into good target man at another club, without getting a chance here. We already have Ings, Vokes and Austin who have slipped through our fingers, playing against us this season.
I think Wes will stay down in the pecking order, while Grabban and Pitman are fit. We also have 2.5 million pounds sitting on the bench in Rantie, who at some point this season has got to prove his worth. I would like to see Jayden Stockley back at the club and brought on as a sub for the last 10/15 minutes when we are winning. He would give us an outlet being good in the air and has the ability to hold play up, we need to keep the ball in the oppositions half rather than retreat and try to defend. I would hate to see the lad move on and develop into good target man at another club, without getting a chance here. We already have Ings, Vokes and Austin who have slipped through our fingers, playing against us this season. bigfatsteve

9:37am Sat 14 Dec 13

60's cherries fan says...

bigfatsteve wrote:
I think Wes will stay down in the pecking order, while Grabban and Pitman are fit. We also have 2.5 million pounds sitting on the bench in Rantie, who at some point this season has got to prove his worth. I would like to see Jayden Stockley back at the club and brought on as a sub for the last 10/15 minutes when we are winning. He would give us an outlet being good in the air and has the ability to hold play up, we need to keep the ball in the oppositions half rather than retreat and try to defend. I would hate to see the lad move on and develop into good target man at another club, without getting a chance here. We already have Ings, Vokes and Austin who have slipped through our fingers, playing against us this season.
Fair post this, however cannot for the life of me understand why Pitman would be ahead of any of our forwards in pecking order. Barring his dead ball goals his finishing is no better than anyone else.
Grabban is far and away our best performer, and you cannot doubt the effort of Tokoloshe man and Wes Thomas when given the chance.
I thought first game, against Charlton, Wes and Grabban looked a good pairing up front, put TK on bench and forget Pitman, Ritchie or daniels on dead balls and grabban on pens, still what do I know,
I will just support whatever combination Eddie and Jason put out, COZ THEY KNOW BEST
[quote][p][bold]bigfatsteve[/bold] wrote: I think Wes will stay down in the pecking order, while Grabban and Pitman are fit. We also have 2.5 million pounds sitting on the bench in Rantie, who at some point this season has got to prove his worth. I would like to see Jayden Stockley back at the club and brought on as a sub for the last 10/15 minutes when we are winning. He would give us an outlet being good in the air and has the ability to hold play up, we need to keep the ball in the oppositions half rather than retreat and try to defend. I would hate to see the lad move on and develop into good target man at another club, without getting a chance here. We already have Ings, Vokes and Austin who have slipped through our fingers, playing against us this season.[/p][/quote]Fair post this, however cannot for the life of me understand why Pitman would be ahead of any of our forwards in pecking order. Barring his dead ball goals his finishing is no better than anyone else. Grabban is far and away our best performer, and you cannot doubt the effort of Tokoloshe man and Wes Thomas when given the chance. I thought first game, against Charlton, Wes and Grabban looked a good pairing up front, put TK on bench and forget Pitman, Ritchie or daniels on dead balls and grabban on pens, still what do I know, I will just support whatever combination Eddie and Jason put out, COZ THEY KNOW BEST 60's cherries fan

9:43am Sat 14 Dec 13

Nat1234 says...

bigfatsteve wrote:
I think Wes will stay down in the pecking order, while Grabban and Pitman are fit. We also have 2.5 million pounds sitting on the bench in Rantie, who at some point this season has got to prove his worth. I would like to see Jayden Stockley back at the club and brought on as a sub for the last 10/15 minutes when we are winning. He would give us an outlet being good in the air and has the ability to hold play up, we need to keep the ball in the oppositions half rather than retreat and try to defend. I would hate to see the lad move on and develop into good target man at another club, without getting a chance here. We already have Ings, Vokes and Austin who have slipped through our fingers, playing against us this season.
Pitman is hopeless .. Miles to slow , at least Thomas has a bit of pace about him . The more we play pitman the fewer goals we will score . EDDIE PLEASE JUST GET RID OF PITMAN ..
[quote][p][bold]bigfatsteve[/bold] wrote: I think Wes will stay down in the pecking order, while Grabban and Pitman are fit. We also have 2.5 million pounds sitting on the bench in Rantie, who at some point this season has got to prove his worth. I would like to see Jayden Stockley back at the club and brought on as a sub for the last 10/15 minutes when we are winning. He would give us an outlet being good in the air and has the ability to hold play up, we need to keep the ball in the oppositions half rather than retreat and try to defend. I would hate to see the lad move on and develop into good target man at another club, without getting a chance here. We already have Ings, Vokes and Austin who have slipped through our fingers, playing against us this season.[/p][/quote]Pitman is hopeless .. Miles to slow , at least Thomas has a bit of pace about him . The more we play pitman the fewer goals we will score . EDDIE PLEASE JUST GET RID OF PITMAN .. Nat1234

10:44am Sat 14 Dec 13

Talkingheadera says...

Ings couldn't hit a barn door for us. Pitman scored loads last season but I agree he's a league 1 player.
Thomas scored goals whilst on loan. It's baffling how with some players it's just us they can't score for.
Ings couldn't hit a barn door for us. Pitman scored loads last season but I agree he's a league 1 player. Thomas scored goals whilst on loan. It's baffling how with some players it's just us they can't score for. Talkingheadera

11:05am Sat 14 Dec 13

sea poole says...

New strategy for today -get Rantie to man mark Zigic at corners!
New strategy for today -get Rantie to man mark Zigic at corners! sea poole

11:06am Sat 14 Dec 13

holdinkæft says...

Nat1234 wrote:
bigfatsteve wrote:
I think Wes will stay down in the pecking order, while Grabban and Pitman are fit. We also have 2.5 million pounds sitting on the bench in Rantie, who at some point this season has got to prove his worth. I would like to see Jayden Stockley back at the club and brought on as a sub for the last 10/15 minutes when we are winning. He would give us an outlet being good in the air and has the ability to hold play up, we need to keep the ball in the oppositions half rather than retreat and try to defend. I would hate to see the lad move on and develop into good target man at another club, without getting a chance here. We already have Ings, Vokes and Austin who have slipped through our fingers, playing against us this season.
Pitman is hopeless .. Miles to slow , at least Thomas has a bit of pace about him . The more we play pitman the fewer goals we will score . EDDIE PLEASE JUST GET RID OF PITMAN ..
Pitman should play right back, right back in league one.
[quote][p][bold]Nat1234[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bigfatsteve[/bold] wrote: I think Wes will stay down in the pecking order, while Grabban and Pitman are fit. We also have 2.5 million pounds sitting on the bench in Rantie, who at some point this season has got to prove his worth. I would like to see Jayden Stockley back at the club and brought on as a sub for the last 10/15 minutes when we are winning. He would give us an outlet being good in the air and has the ability to hold play up, we need to keep the ball in the oppositions half rather than retreat and try to defend. I would hate to see the lad move on and develop into good target man at another club, without getting a chance here. We already have Ings, Vokes and Austin who have slipped through our fingers, playing against us this season.[/p][/quote]Pitman is hopeless .. Miles to slow , at least Thomas has a bit of pace about him . The more we play pitman the fewer goals we will score . EDDIE PLEASE JUST GET RID OF PITMAN ..[/p][/quote]Pitman should play right back, right back in league one. holdinkæft

11:53am Sat 14 Dec 13

abc100 says...

Nat1234 wrote:
bigfatsteve wrote:
I think Wes will stay down in the pecking order, while Grabban and Pitman are fit. We also have 2.5 million pounds sitting on the bench in Rantie, who at some point this season has got to prove his worth. I would like to see Jayden Stockley back at the club and brought on as a sub for the last 10/15 minutes when we are winning. He would give us an outlet being good in the air and has the ability to hold play up, we need to keep the ball in the oppositions half rather than retreat and try to defend. I would hate to see the lad move on and develop into good target man at another club, without getting a chance here. We already have Ings, Vokes and Austin who have slipped through our fingers, playing against us this season.
Pitman is hopeless .. Miles to slow , at least Thomas has a bit of pace about him . The more we play pitman the fewer goals we will score . EDDIE PLEASE JUST GET RID OF PITMAN ..
We all have our favourite players and opinions on what the team should be but when people that claim to be fans of Afcb start calling our players hopeless it's beyond me, Pitman certainly has not played as well as last season we can all see that, were you slating him at every opportunity last season or just this season? He may well not be up to the championship and be a league one player but hopeless he certainly is not, not one of our squad is hopeless, yes some are better than others, I too would not have him in my team at the moment but I do think he has a place in our match day squad
[quote][p][bold]Nat1234[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bigfatsteve[/bold] wrote: I think Wes will stay down in the pecking order, while Grabban and Pitman are fit. We also have 2.5 million pounds sitting on the bench in Rantie, who at some point this season has got to prove his worth. I would like to see Jayden Stockley back at the club and brought on as a sub for the last 10/15 minutes when we are winning. He would give us an outlet being good in the air and has the ability to hold play up, we need to keep the ball in the oppositions half rather than retreat and try to defend. I would hate to see the lad move on and develop into good target man at another club, without getting a chance here. We already have Ings, Vokes and Austin who have slipped through our fingers, playing against us this season.[/p][/quote]Pitman is hopeless .. Miles to slow , at least Thomas has a bit of pace about him . The more we play pitman the fewer goals we will score . EDDIE PLEASE JUST GET RID OF PITMAN ..[/p][/quote]We all have our favourite players and opinions on what the team should be but when people that claim to be fans of Afcb start calling our players hopeless it's beyond me, Pitman certainly has not played as well as last season we can all see that, were you slating him at every opportunity last season or just this season? He may well not be up to the championship and be a league one player but hopeless he certainly is not, not one of our squad is hopeless, yes some are better than others, I too would not have him in my team at the moment but I do think he has a place in our match day squad abc100

12:37pm Sat 14 Dec 13

afcbcrackerjack says...

what great fans on this site
what great fans on this site afcbcrackerjack

1:18pm Sat 14 Dec 13

ASM says...

can't really judge thomas because he hasn't had a run in. Hope he can shut up his critics like all the lads who have had stick from a minority of fans did last week
can't really judge thomas because he hasn't had a run in. Hope he can shut up his critics like all the lads who have had stick from a minority of fans did last week ASM

1:32pm Sat 14 Dec 13

abc100 says...

ASM wrote:
can't really judge thomas because he hasn't had a run in. Hope he can shut up his critics like all the lads who have had stick from a minority of fans did last week
Your right it is a minority that openly critisise our players at the games and on this site, certainly during the match is not the time to do it!!
[quote][p][bold]ASM[/bold] wrote: can't really judge thomas because he hasn't had a run in. Hope he can shut up his critics like all the lads who have had stick from a minority of fans did last week[/p][/quote]Your right it is a minority that openly critisise our players at the games and on this site, certainly during the match is not the time to do it!! abc100

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