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AFC Bournemouth: Mixed feelings for Howe over Rantie's arduous trek

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CHERRIES manager Eddie Howe admitted to having had mixed feelings about Tokelo Rantie's international exertions with South Africa.

Howe said Rantie's experience of facing Brazil in a friendly would be “priceless”, but also described his gruelling travelling schedule as “far from ideal”.

Striker Rantie lined up in the first half of Bafana Bafana's 5-0 defeat on Wednesday and spent around 24 hours flying to and from Johannesburg for the clash.

Rantie was due to return to Bournemouth last night before today linking up with the Cherries squad for a flight to the North West ahead of tomorrow's Championship showdown with Blackpool.

Howe told the Daily Echo: “The amount of travelling in the middle of the week was far from ideal in preparation for a game of this importance.

“It is a great experience for him to play for his country, especially when you look at his past two games which were against Spain and Brazil.

"Those experiences will be priceless and something he will remember, probably for his entire career.

“While they are great experiences, there are two sides to it. From our perspective, we want the player in the best physical shape we can get and that won't be the case.”

Howe said he would also assess Ryan Fraser ahead of naming his squad to face Blackpool, the winger having played and scored for Scotland under-21s in their 2-2 draw with Hungary in Dundee on Wednesday.

The 20-year-old Aberdonian, who won his third cap for the under-21s, had a much less punishing timetable than Rantie and arrived back in Bournemouth yesterday before spending the day recharging his batteries.

Howe added: “It was great to see him play and score for his country because it will do him the world of good.

"We had someone at the game and were really pleased for him. He is highly thought of by his country and, again, those experiences will be really important in his future development.

"It is just a case of trying to manage Ryan and make sure he is fit enough and fresh enough to play.

“We will take everything into consideration, I think it would be foolish not to. But, ultimately, we will have to speak to the players concerned to see how they feel and then make a decision.

"I will not make any decision on the players until after I have spoken to them so we will wait and see.”

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7:40pm Fri 7 Mar 14

afcdibby says...

Start with Fraser as he looks to be back in form and give TK a rest. We can bring Brett on if we need to change something at Blackpool.
Start with Fraser as he looks to be back in form and give TK a rest. We can bring Brett on if we need to change something at Blackpool. afcdibby
  • Score: 3

8:11pm Fri 7 Mar 14

Nat1234 says...

Makes no difference . No matter how many miles he travels ..
Makes no difference . No matter how many miles he travels .. Nat1234
  • Score: -30

9:16pm Fri 7 Mar 14

afcb-mark says...

Start with the same team as last week Eddie.
Start with the same team as last week Eddie. afcb-mark
  • Score: 4

10:41pm Fri 7 Mar 14

abc100 says...

Nat1234 wrote:
Makes no difference . No matter how many miles he travels ..
You must be getting bored of saying the same thing over and over, come on Nat give it a rest, try something new you might like it, you claimed the other day to be knowledgable, funny very funny Natalie !!!!!
[quote][p][bold]Nat1234[/bold] wrote: Makes no difference . No matter how many miles he travels ..[/p][/quote]You must be getting bored of saying the same thing over and over, come on Nat give it a rest, try something new you might like it, you claimed the other day to be knowledgable, funny very funny Natalie !!!!! abc100
  • Score: 10

10:54pm Fri 7 Mar 14

raybren says...

We knew he was a South African international when we signed him , so his trips were to be expected . Anyway , just think of all the airmiles !
We knew he was a South African international when we signed him , so his trips were to be expected . Anyway , just think of all the airmiles ! raybren
  • Score: 6

10:35am Sat 8 Mar 14

devon fan says...

Eddie is beginning to sound more and more like Arsene Wenger, think I will buy him an anorak for his birthday
Eddie is beginning to sound more and more like Arsene Wenger, think I will buy him an anorak for his birthday devon fan
  • Score: -3

10:45am Sat 8 Mar 14

Afcbives says...

Rantie ain't that bad the only problem was the price if we got him for 500,000 that would of been okay
Rantie ain't that bad the only problem was the price if we got him for 500,000 that would of been okay Afcbives
  • Score: 5

10:48am Sat 8 Mar 14

Square Old Codger says...

devon fan wrote:
Eddie is beginning to sound more and more like Arsene Wenger, think I will buy him an anorak for his birthday
Since Arsene is one of the great coaches and Managers and developers of young players ,that can't be bad! A compliment, though you clearly are not meaning it that way.
[quote][p][bold]devon fan[/bold] wrote: Eddie is beginning to sound more and more like Arsene Wenger, think I will buy him an anorak for his birthday[/p][/quote]Since Arsene is one of the great coaches and Managers and developers of young players ,that can't be bad! A compliment, though you clearly are not meaning it that way. Square Old Codger
  • Score: 4

11:32am Sat 8 Mar 14

rednblack37 says...

Square Old Codger wrote:
devon fan wrote:
Eddie is beginning to sound more and more like Arsene Wenger, think I will buy him an anorak for his birthday
Since Arsene is one of the great coaches and Managers and developers of young players ,that can't be bad! A compliment, though you clearly are not meaning it that way.
Ummmmm...........gre
at managers win trophies! If nothing is won this year, that's 9 years without a trophy in a period when even Swansea, Birmingham and Wigan have won one. Pretty disgraceful for a club with their resources and income from the Champions League each year. He is a great coach, his teams play very good football, but great managers win trophies.......Fergu
son, Mourinho, Guardiola, Klupp, Heynckes, Ancelotti.......even Villas-Boas and Di Matteo won trophies during Wengers barren period!! Though, of course, if Eddie gets us into the Champions League for 9 years in a row but doesn't win a trophy, I would probably take that!!!
[quote][p][bold]Square Old Codger[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]devon fan[/bold] wrote: Eddie is beginning to sound more and more like Arsene Wenger, think I will buy him an anorak for his birthday[/p][/quote]Since Arsene is one of the great coaches and Managers and developers of young players ,that can't be bad! A compliment, though you clearly are not meaning it that way.[/p][/quote]Ummmmm...........gre at managers win trophies! If nothing is won this year, that's 9 years without a trophy in a period when even Swansea, Birmingham and Wigan have won one. Pretty disgraceful for a club with their resources and income from the Champions League each year. He is a great coach, his teams play very good football, but great managers win trophies.......Fergu son, Mourinho, Guardiola, Klupp, Heynckes, Ancelotti.......even Villas-Boas and Di Matteo won trophies during Wengers barren period!! Though, of course, if Eddie gets us into the Champions League for 9 years in a row but doesn't win a trophy, I would probably take that!!! rednblack37
  • Score: 1

11:57am Sat 8 Mar 14

nonnogeppetto says...

Imagine your boss/company appointed someone who in your opinion he/she is supposed to be better than you because they have paid a lot of money to bring in! You would have to be a saint (no not a scummer!) to treat him/her on equal terms in the work place. One reaction might be “well you are supposed to be better than me now prove it”. Or in the case of Rantie some may response by saying “ok you are the goal scorer go ahead score goals but don’t expect me to make it easy for you” I am on a goal bonus too so I will be selfish and try and score as many as I can and stuff you! If you want to score goals come and pick up the ball from midfield create your chances and score!

This may seem harsh on the rest of the players but it may be worth considering as a possible reason why Rantie has not flourished thus far. I guess like any other club we also have a ‘goal bonus’ system in place. In my opinion such a system might be a good thing but it can prove negative because as humans we can be selfish when it comes to earning more than the next guy and reluctant to forgo our chance for altruistic reasons. How many times you see a player squander a chance when a colleague was in a much better place to score the goal. This is just an opinion and realise that some on here see it as a lot of rubbish whichever your view I don’t expect other to agree with me.
Imagine your boss/company appointed someone who in your opinion he/she is supposed to be better than you because they have paid a lot of money to bring in! You would have to be a saint (no not a scummer!) to treat him/her on equal terms in the work place. One reaction might be “well you are supposed to be better than me now prove it”. Or in the case of Rantie some may response by saying “ok you are the goal scorer go ahead score goals but don’t expect me to make it easy for you” I am on a goal bonus too so I will be selfish and try and score as many as I can and stuff you! If you want to score goals come and pick up the ball from midfield create your chances and score! This may seem harsh on the rest of the players but it may be worth considering as a possible reason why Rantie has not flourished thus far. I guess like any other club we also have a ‘goal bonus’ system in place. In my opinion such a system might be a good thing but it can prove negative because as humans we can be selfish when it comes to earning more than the next guy and reluctant to forgo our chance for altruistic reasons. How many times you see a player squander a chance when a colleague was in a much better place to score the goal. This is just an opinion and realise that some on here see it as a lot of rubbish whichever your view I don’t expect other to agree with me. nonnogeppetto
  • Score: 4

3:25pm Sun 9 Mar 14

pokesdown1 says...

South Africa featured 11 Ranties buzzing around in a humungous stadium serenaded by those horns.Not a good team.

Brazil have at least six teams plodding the world.Witness the change of strip at half time for commercial reasons.
South Africa featured 11 Ranties buzzing around in a humungous stadium serenaded by those horns.Not a good team. Brazil have at least six teams plodding the world.Witness the change of strip at half time for commercial reasons. pokesdown1
  • Score: -1

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