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AFC Bournemouth: Tokelo Rantie going to give defenders a headache says Steve Cook
STEVE Cook is tipping striker Tokelo Rantie to boost Cherries’ Championship dream – by giving defenders a nightmare.
Centre-half Cook believes the club’s record signing has all the attributes to cause a major headache for second tier opponents this season.
Cherries have high hopes for Rantie after he made the move to Dean Court in a big-money switch from Malmo during the August transfer window.
The South African produced an impressive display despite the 3-1 defeat to Blackburn six days ago, providing the assist for Ryan Fraser, before also featuring at Leeds on Tuesday.
And Cook, 22, is confident his new colleague is just the man to make the difference for Cherries.
Cook told the Daily Echo: “He showed his quality at Middlesbrough and he was very sharp against Blackburn. He looks a great signing for us. I think he will be a nightmare to mark because he pops up everywhere and has a little bit of trickery as well.
“He is going to be vital for us. We need to keep him fit, get him scoring goals and I think he will be the one that wins us games.”
Meanwhile, Cherries winger Marc Pugh has vowed to bend the ear of old pal and fellow darts fan Scott Malone – despite watching him hit the bullseye six days ago.
Marauding Millwall defender Malone, who scored six goals in 37 Cherries appearances, found the target for the first time this season to seal the Lions’ 2-0 success over Leeds United.
But the former Wolves full-back was nearly left red faced before hacking his own heavy touch on to the post to prevent an own goal in the same fixture.
Pugh and Malone, who played together during the latter’s season-long stint with Cherries, still link up on an annual basis to take in the Premier League darts in Bournemouth.
And Pugh, who will meet his former team-mate on the pitch for the first time since his Dorset departure, was unsurprised by the Lions defender’s direct involvement and lauded his attributes ahead of the showdown.
On Malone’s close shave, Pugh told the Daily Echo: “I will be giving him a bit of stick about that one because you could see he was a relieved man, but I also saw his goal and no doubt he was buzzing about that.
"Scott has always been a good athlete with the capability to get into the right areas and score goals. I enjoyed playing with him because he was an aggressive full-back who liked to bomb on and support his winger.
“I catch up with him every year when he comes down to Bournemouth for the darts and we still speak. He is a top lad and has the potential to do really well.
“We still have a healthy respect for each other and I get on very well with him.”
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