AFC Bournemouth: Howe applauds Rantie's debut performance

Bournemouth Echo: STAR TURN: Tokelo Rantie impressed on his debut STAR TURN: Tokelo Rantie impressed on his debut

CHERRIES manager Eddie Howe hailed the impact of record signing Tokelo Rantie after the South African inspired his team to a hard-fought 1-0 victory over Barnsley last night.

The former Malmo striker only flew into the country on Sunday after finally being handed a visa and having had just one training session with his team-mates he was thrown into the action with 55 minutes on the clock.

Cherries’ top scorer Lewis Grabban had already missed a guilt-edged chance to break the deadlock but the arrival of Rantie sparked the home crowd and their team into life.

Within seconds of his introduction he twisted and turned and bent a shot inches wide and his pace kept the Tykes defence on their toes as the Cherries upped the ante.

And even after Marc Pugh drilled home the only goal Rantie had a chance to make things comfortable but despite his failure to find that dream debut goal his new manager was full of praise.

“I thought he did well, these are big changes for him,” Howe said. “I thought he did so well, and the first thing he did was nearly score.

“He made the difference and I thought that front three worked really well. It was an easy decision (not to start him) purely because he has had one training session with us and a long flight.

“There is certainly not any pressure from me but obviously I know there is media and fan expectation but I know he will do his best.

“With the ability he has got I am sure he will be a big success.”

And while Rantie’s arrival boosts Howe’s options he could make the long trip to Middlesbrough without defender Charlie Daniels.

“We think it is a re-occurrence of Charlie’s heel injury, so we will have to wait on that,” he said.

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9:33pm Wed 18 Sep 13

RED LETTER DAY says...

T Rantie is magic. . . I have looked at many a video of TOKELO. . . In one clip he beat 5 players and the goalkeeper to score. . . . He should have a nickname in the Championship. . . . . . . . THE MAGICIAN
T Rantie is magic. . . I have looked at many a video of TOKELO. . . In one clip he beat 5 players and the goalkeeper to score. . . . He should have a nickname in the Championship. . . . . . . . THE MAGICIAN RED LETTER DAY

6:30am Thu 19 Sep 13

ASM says...

tokelo is brilliant he makes things happen out of nothing. i've watched his videos on youtube, he could cut it in the prem. Seen danny ings is doing very well at burnley and i'm sure we will get the full 1m with add ons, it shows how good eddie howe is at rating players. Now lets sign a goalkeeper in the next window and a full back because charlie daniels is always injured
tokelo is brilliant he makes things happen out of nothing. i've watched his videos on youtube, he could cut it in the prem. Seen danny ings is doing very well at burnley and i'm sure we will get the full 1m with add ons, it shows how good eddie howe is at rating players. Now lets sign a goalkeeper in the next window and a full back because charlie daniels is always injured ASM

8:44am Thu 19 Sep 13

CC C-siders says...

Charlie's exit gave us the chance to see Tommy in action again, and what a difference! A back 3 of Tommy, Steve & Elliott works really well, allowing Simon to go forward, freeing space in the middle.
Brett worked his socks off in midfield, but would like to see him getting more shots in - that's the Brett we know and love.
Rantie - awesome!
UTCIAD
Charlie's exit gave us the chance to see Tommy in action again, and what a difference! A back 3 of Tommy, Steve & Elliott works really well, allowing Simon to go forward, freeing space in the middle. Brett worked his socks off in midfield, but would like to see him getting more shots in - that's the Brett we know and love. Rantie - awesome! UTCIAD CC C-siders

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