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AFC Bournemouth: Pitman takes sneak Rantie preview on YouTube
CHERRIES star Brett Pitman has welcomed the addition of Tokelo Rantie and has revealed the players have had a sneak preview of their new team-mate on YouTube.
The 23-year-old striker, who penned a four-year deal with Cherries, has been on international duty with South Africa since putting the finishing touches to his move.
And while Rantie’s capture has certainly caused a stir among supporters and players, Howe’s men have turned to the video sharing website in a bid to gen up on him.
In an interview with the Daily Echo last night, Pitman said: “We haven’t seen him in the flesh but we have all had a look at some of his clips on YouTube and he looks a good player.
“He looks quick and direct and I think he will complement our squad nicely. It is a lot of money from what the club is used to paying but, if you are signing an international, he must have something about him.
“It is good for the club and Eddie Mitchell and Maxim Demin have got it to such a point where people want to come to Bournemouth and want to play for us. They don’t just want to come to live comfortably in a nice part of the country. Players want to come here because they think we can challenge at the top end of the league and that is a huge positive.”
Pitman, a three-time golden boot winner at Dean Court, led the goal charts during the Great Escape campaign of 2008-09 and when Cherries won promotion in 2010 and last season.
However, despite his impressive displays and scoring exploits, Pitman, who returned to the club from Bristol City in November, knows reputations count for nothing under boss Howe.
“I think he has made that clear to everybody,” added Pitman. “It doesn’t matter who you are or how well you may have done in previous seasons, if you are not performing, you will not play.
“The squad is as strong as I have ever known it and someone can come straight in to replace you and it won’t weaken the team.
“I try my best every day so it won’t make me try any harder. But you know that if you are not performing, you are not going to be playing.
“Regardless of who you are and how much money someone has paid for you or how much the manager likes you, if you are not playing well then you won’t be in the team. It is as simple as that.”
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