Cherries: Howe keen to keep Thomas... if he wants to stay

BOSS Eddie Howe expressed his desire to keep Wes Thomas at Dean Court but knows the final decision could rest in the hands of the unsettled striker.

Thomas made his first appearance for Cherries for more than two months when he came off the bench during Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Swindon.

The 25-year-old, who was booked after coming on as a 74th-minute replacement for Brett Pitman, returned to the club a fortnight ago following the expiry of a loan spell at Blackpool.

The Tangerines had been expected to try to sign him permanently before manager Michael Appleton jumped ship to join Championship rivals Blackburn on Friday.

And although several other clubs are understood to be monitoring the situation, Cherries have received no bids for Thomas who resumed training with Howe’s squad last week.

Thomas, who made one previous substitute appearance under Howe at Doncaster in November, fell out of favour during former boss Paul Groves’s tenure.

Speaking to the media on Saturday, Howe said: “We would love Wes to commit his future to us. We rate him very much as a footballer but he has played in the Championship, done well and scored goals. I would certainly welcome him to stay with us but Wes has to want to be here. I think there are a lot of Championship clubs looking at him so we will have to wait and see.”

Thomas, who declined an invitation to speak to the Daily Echo, netted 10 goals in his first 20 games for Cherries but has registered just one in his past 24 appearances.

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7:27am Mon 14 Jan 13

Football banning order yob says...

Keep him away from the team after Saturday, looks uninterested no passion what so ever.
Keep him away from the team after Saturday, looks uninterested no passion what so ever. Football banning order yob

8:08am Mon 14 Jan 13

TedMacsCherryPants says...

Personally I would have selected Thomas & Grabban to start on Saturday because of strength and pace, but after seeing Wes totally give up on chasing a ball down that I could have got to myself I'm not sure I ever want to see him in a Cherries shirt again. It didn't go un-noticed by the rest of the North Stand either!
Personally I would have selected Thomas & Grabban to start on Saturday because of strength and pace, but after seeing Wes totally give up on chasing a ball down that I could have got to myself I'm not sure I ever want to see him in a Cherries shirt again. It didn't go un-noticed by the rest of the North Stand either! TedMacsCherryPants

8:48am Mon 14 Jan 13

DansAFCB says...

Get RID!!!!!!!!!!

Tubbsy is far better and far more passionate about this club, too think Thomas couldn't get in Crawley side because of Tubbsy!

UTCIAD
Get RID!!!!!!!!!! Tubbsy is far better and far more passionate about this club, too think Thomas couldn't get in Crawley side because of Tubbsy! UTCIAD DansAFCB

9:57am Mon 14 Jan 13

Square Old Codger says...

I don't think that it's fair to be too critical of a player , just a couple of days back in training after an injury making a brief appearance in horrendous conditions. In previous outings he couldn't be accused of a lack of effort. But you will never get the best from an unhappy player, who wants away! He has to make his mind up whether he wants to fight for a place, to commit himself fully, or move on, as quickly as possible. .
I don't think that it's fair to be too critical of a player , just a couple of days back in training after an injury making a brief appearance in horrendous conditions. In previous outings he couldn't be accused of a lack of effort. But you will never get the best from an unhappy player, who wants away! He has to make his mind up whether he wants to fight for a place, to commit himself fully, or move on, as quickly as possible. . Square Old Codger

12:30pm Mon 14 Jan 13

Afcbpete says...

TedMacsCherryPants wrote:
Personally I would have selected Thomas & Grabban to start on Saturday because of strength and pace, but after seeing Wes totally give up on chasing a ball down that I could have got to myself I'm not sure I ever want to see him in a Cherries shirt again. It didn't go un-noticed by the rest of the North Stand either!
Like everyone else I was a bit disgruntled that Thomas gave up on chasing the ball down, but in fairness to the guy, he'd not long been on and to be honest probably on any other day the ball would of run out far quicker. YES, he should of not given up, but he's getting slaughtered what ever he does. Wanting away won't endear him any that's for sure, but I just thought the stick he got (which he looked stunned at) was a little unfair.
[quote][p][bold]TedMacsCherryPants[/bold] wrote: Personally I would have selected Thomas & Grabban to start on Saturday because of strength and pace, but after seeing Wes totally give up on chasing a ball down that I could have got to myself I'm not sure I ever want to see him in a Cherries shirt again. It didn't go un-noticed by the rest of the North Stand either![/p][/quote]Like everyone else I was a bit disgruntled that Thomas gave up on chasing the ball down, but in fairness to the guy, he'd not long been on and to be honest probably on any other day the ball would of run out far quicker. YES, he should of not given up, but he's getting slaughtered what ever he does. Wanting away won't endear him any that's for sure, but I just thought the stick he got (which he looked stunned at) was a little unfair. Afcbpete

1:59pm Mon 14 Jan 13

TedMacsCherryPants says...

Afcbpete wrote:
TedMacsCherryPants wrote: Personally I would have selected Thomas & Grabban to start on Saturday because of strength and pace, but after seeing Wes totally give up on chasing a ball down that I could have got to myself I'm not sure I ever want to see him in a Cherries shirt again. It didn't go un-noticed by the rest of the North Stand either!
Like everyone else I was a bit disgruntled that Thomas gave up on chasing the ball down, but in fairness to the guy, he'd not long been on and to be honest probably on any other day the ball would of run out far quicker. YES, he should of not given up, but he's getting slaughtered what ever he does. Wanting away won't endear him any that's for sure, but I just thought the stick he got (which he looked stunned at) was a little unfair.
As I said I did rate him enough to see him start and take no pleasure in criticising one of our players.

Perhaps Wes would help his PR a bit by talking frankly to the Echo, if he wants away and sees no hope of playing much while here it's a short career and I wouldn't blame him.

Still croaking from Saturday hope I get my voice back for tommorrow night COYR!!
[quote][p][bold]Afcbpete[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]TedMacsCherryPants[/bold] wrote: Personally I would have selected Thomas & Grabban to start on Saturday because of strength and pace, but after seeing Wes totally give up on chasing a ball down that I could have got to myself I'm not sure I ever want to see him in a Cherries shirt again. It didn't go un-noticed by the rest of the North Stand either![/p][/quote]Like everyone else I was a bit disgruntled that Thomas gave up on chasing the ball down, but in fairness to the guy, he'd not long been on and to be honest probably on any other day the ball would of run out far quicker. YES, he should of not given up, but he's getting slaughtered what ever he does. Wanting away won't endear him any that's for sure, but I just thought the stick he got (which he looked stunned at) was a little unfair.[/p][/quote]As I said I did rate him enough to see him start and take no pleasure in criticising one of our players. Perhaps Wes would help his PR a bit by talking frankly to the Echo, if he wants away and sees no hope of playing much while here it's a short career and I wouldn't blame him. Still croaking from Saturday hope I get my voice back for tommorrow night COYR!! TedMacsCherryPants

2:38pm Mon 14 Jan 13

Afcbpete says...

TedMacsCherryPants wrote:
Afcbpete wrote:
TedMacsCherryPants wrote: Personally I would have selected Thomas & Grabban to start on Saturday because of strength and pace, but after seeing Wes totally give up on chasing a ball down that I could have got to myself I'm not sure I ever want to see him in a Cherries shirt again. It didn't go un-noticed by the rest of the North Stand either!
Like everyone else I was a bit disgruntled that Thomas gave up on chasing the ball down, but in fairness to the guy, he'd not long been on and to be honest probably on any other day the ball would of run out far quicker. YES, he should of not given up, but he's getting slaughtered what ever he does. Wanting away won't endear him any that's for sure, but I just thought the stick he got (which he looked stunned at) was a little unfair.
As I said I did rate him enough to see him start and take no pleasure in criticising one of our players.

Perhaps Wes would help his PR a bit by talking frankly to the Echo, if he wants away and sees no hope of playing much while here it's a short career and I wouldn't blame him.

Still croaking from Saturday hope I get my voice back for tommorrow night COYR!!
I don't think any of our forwards can feel they are entitled to a starting place and if Wes thinks that would be different in a Championship side, he needs to just ask Pitman... I know what you mean about croaking, but I'm sure we'll both be fit enough tomorrow to take our seats... UTCIAD
[quote][p][bold]TedMacsCherryPants[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Afcbpete[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]TedMacsCherryPants[/bold] wrote: Personally I would have selected Thomas & Grabban to start on Saturday because of strength and pace, but after seeing Wes totally give up on chasing a ball down that I could have got to myself I'm not sure I ever want to see him in a Cherries shirt again. It didn't go un-noticed by the rest of the North Stand either![/p][/quote]Like everyone else I was a bit disgruntled that Thomas gave up on chasing the ball down, but in fairness to the guy, he'd not long been on and to be honest probably on any other day the ball would of run out far quicker. YES, he should of not given up, but he's getting slaughtered what ever he does. Wanting away won't endear him any that's for sure, but I just thought the stick he got (which he looked stunned at) was a little unfair.[/p][/quote]As I said I did rate him enough to see him start and take no pleasure in criticising one of our players. Perhaps Wes would help his PR a bit by talking frankly to the Echo, if he wants away and sees no hope of playing much while here it's a short career and I wouldn't blame him. Still croaking from Saturday hope I get my voice back for tommorrow night COYR!![/p][/quote]I don't think any of our forwards can feel they are entitled to a starting place and if Wes thinks that would be different in a Championship side, he needs to just ask Pitman... I know what you mean about croaking, but I'm sure we'll both be fit enough tomorrow to take our seats... UTCIAD Afcbpete

3:16pm Mon 14 Jan 13

let football be the winner says...

Lets be Honest Grabban at the moment is the the only forward that seems to comand a starting place. Mcquoid should cut down from is 40 a day habit then maybe he might be a little fitter and less interested in running down the ball, really needed to get a striker in to play off Grabban and Pitman is not that man in any shape or form but here to be proved wrong please.
Lets be Honest Grabban at the moment is the the only forward that seems to comand a starting place. Mcquoid should cut down from is 40 a day habit then maybe he might be a little fitter and less interested in running down the ball, really needed to get a striker in to play off Grabban and Pitman is not that man in any shape or form but here to be proved wrong please. let football be the winner

8:17pm Mon 14 Jan 13

TedMacsCherryPants says...

Afcbpete wrote:
TedMacsCherryPants wrote:
Afcbpete wrote:
TedMacsCherryPants wrote: Personally I would have selected Thomas & Grabban to start on Saturday because of strength and pace, but after seeing Wes totally give up on chasing a ball down that I could have got to myself I'm not sure I ever want to see him in a Cherries shirt again. It didn't go un-noticed by the rest of the North Stand either!
Like everyone else I was a bit disgruntled that Thomas gave up on chasing the ball down, but in fairness to the guy, he'd not long been on and to be honest probably on any other day the ball would of run out far quicker. YES, he should of not given up, but he's getting slaughtered what ever he does. Wanting away won't endear him any that's for sure, but I just thought the stick he got (which he looked stunned at) was a little unfair.
As I said I did rate him enough to see him start and take no pleasure in criticising one of our players.

Perhaps Wes would help his PR a bit by talking frankly to the Echo, if he wants away and sees no hope of playing much while here it's a short career and I wouldn't blame him.

Still croaking from Saturday hope I get my voice back for tommorrow night COYR!!
I don't think any of our forwards can feel they are entitled to a starting place and if Wes thinks that would be different in a Championship side, he needs to just ask Pitman... I know what you mean about croaking, but I'm sure we'll both be fit enough tomorrow to take our seats... UTCIAD
Honey & lemon Pete, get well soon, very soon. UTC!!!
[quote][p][bold]Afcbpete[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]TedMacsCherryPants[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Afcbpete[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]TedMacsCherryPants[/bold] wrote: Personally I would have selected Thomas & Grabban to start on Saturday because of strength and pace, but after seeing Wes totally give up on chasing a ball down that I could have got to myself I'm not sure I ever want to see him in a Cherries shirt again. It didn't go un-noticed by the rest of the North Stand either![/p][/quote]Like everyone else I was a bit disgruntled that Thomas gave up on chasing the ball down, but in fairness to the guy, he'd not long been on and to be honest probably on any other day the ball would of run out far quicker. YES, he should of not given up, but he's getting slaughtered what ever he does. Wanting away won't endear him any that's for sure, but I just thought the stick he got (which he looked stunned at) was a little unfair.[/p][/quote]As I said I did rate him enough to see him start and take no pleasure in criticising one of our players. Perhaps Wes would help his PR a bit by talking frankly to the Echo, if he wants away and sees no hope of playing much while here it's a short career and I wouldn't blame him. Still croaking from Saturday hope I get my voice back for tommorrow night COYR!![/p][/quote]I don't think any of our forwards can feel they are entitled to a starting place and if Wes thinks that would be different in a Championship side, he needs to just ask Pitman... I know what you mean about croaking, but I'm sure we'll both be fit enough tomorrow to take our seats... UTCIAD[/p][/quote]Honey & lemon Pete, get well soon, very soon. UTC!!! TedMacsCherryPants

9:28pm Mon 14 Jan 13

jakeysredd says...

Have to say I cant make my mind up about Thomas, thought the stick he took from our end was a bit harsh, the angle from my seat was he had no chance of getting that ball, still find it hard to take that he gets called back and was mysteriously injured again, guess to avoid being cup tied, Eddie says he needs to rest a few players for the Wigan game hope he gets a start and scores, Think he has problems where ever he goes, To be honest Josh Mc Quoid and Brett Pitman havnt set the Championship alight and look a pale shade of what they used to be since there return, so good luck Wes think on !!
Have to say I cant make my mind up about Thomas, thought the stick he took from our end was a bit harsh, the angle from my seat was he had no chance of getting that ball, still find it hard to take that he gets called back and was mysteriously injured again, guess to avoid being cup tied, Eddie says he needs to rest a few players for the Wigan game hope he gets a start and scores, Think he has problems where ever he goes, To be honest Josh Mc Quoid and Brett Pitman havnt set the Championship alight and look a pale shade of what they used to be since there return, so good luck Wes think on !! jakeysredd

9:38pm Mon 14 Jan 13

Ashleyafcb says...

jakeysredd wrote:
Have to say I cant make my mind up about Thomas, thought the stick he took from our end was a bit harsh, the angle from my seat was he had no chance of getting that ball, still find it hard to take that he gets called back and was mysteriously injured again, guess to avoid being cup tied, Eddie says he needs to rest a few players for the Wigan game hope he gets a start and scores, Think he has problems where ever he goes, To be honest Josh Mc Quoid and Brett Pitman havnt set the Championship alight and look a pale shade of what they used to be since there return, so good luck Wes think on !!
Dad cmon now tubbs wants it thomas doesnt who plays ? Theres only one way to find out FIIIIGGHHHTT !! "again"
[quote][p][bold]jakeysredd[/bold] wrote: Have to say I cant make my mind up about Thomas, thought the stick he took from our end was a bit harsh, the angle from my seat was he had no chance of getting that ball, still find it hard to take that he gets called back and was mysteriously injured again, guess to avoid being cup tied, Eddie says he needs to rest a few players for the Wigan game hope he gets a start and scores, Think he has problems where ever he goes, To be honest Josh Mc Quoid and Brett Pitman havnt set the Championship alight and look a pale shade of what they used to be since there return, so good luck Wes think on !![/p][/quote]Dad cmon now tubbs wants it thomas doesnt who plays ? Theres only one way to find out FIIIIGGHHHTT !! "again" Ashleyafcb

9:19am Tue 15 Jan 13

adyb1967 says...

Nobody seems to have mentioned what I think is the most important aspect here.... Thomas has scored ONE goal in his previous TWENTY FOUR Cherries appearances and missed probably at least one or two sitters in each of those. Who needs a STRIKER with those statistics?
Nobody seems to have mentioned what I think is the most important aspect here.... Thomas has scored ONE goal in his previous TWENTY FOUR Cherries appearances and missed probably at least one or two sitters in each of those. Who needs a STRIKER with those statistics? adyb1967

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