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AFC Bournemouth: Goals will come insists striker Tokelo Rantie
RECORD signing Tokelo Rantie says he is unfazed by his Cherries goal drought but admits: “I know I have to start scoring.”
Rantie is still looking to get off the mark after appearing six times in the Championship following his big-money move from Malmo in August.
The striker, who netted 10 goals in 29 games for the Swedish outfit this season, was also on target in South Africa’s 1-1 draw against Morocco earlier this month.
And while he has played his part in helping Cherries maintain their impressive start in the second flight, Rantie knows he needs to break his duck in front of goal.
The 23-year-old, who almost scored on his debut after coming off the bench in Cherries’ win over Barnsley, then had an effort ruled out for offside in the defeat by Blackburn.
Two vital contributions saw him win Cherries’ first penalty in a 3-3 draw at Middlesbrough and set up Marc Pugh’s dramatic late equaliser at Nottingham Forest on Saturday.
In a candid interview with the Daily Echo, Rantie, who has also featured twice when Cherries have been reduced to 10 men, said: “It isn’t getting to me but I am used to scoring.
“I have to score goals and have to prove myself in English football. It has been a big step for me and is different from where I came. Once the first one goes in, they will keep coming because I have so much confidence in myself so, hopefully, it will be soon.
“My chances will come, I am very positive about that. I am getting used to English football with every game. As much as I want to score, it keeps me motivated that I am creating for my team-mates.
“I prefer to work for the team and put the team before myself and felt I did that at Forest. I am not going to put myself under pressure but know I have to start scoring.”
Rantie, who has also netted four times in 15 appearances for his country, saw a one-on-one go begging during the early stages at the City Ground before Forest goalkeeper Karl Darlow beat away his thunderous left-foot strike.
“The coach and the guys have been very supportive,” added Rantie. “They have so much faith in me and give me the freedom to do exactly what I want. I have to repay the faith by producing good results, whether it is by scoring or creating opportunities for the team.
“The coach has told me to shoot more so I have tried to implement that into my game.
“I know I can hit the target, especially with my weaker foot, so have to work on it because it will help me get more chances to score.”
Meanwhile, Rantie should be in line to pick up a winner’s medal as Malmö home in on the Swedish top-flight crown. Five points ahead with just two games remaining, victory over Elfsborg on Monday would see them win the Allsvenskan.
Malmö would also be champions if AIK and IFK Göteborg were to fail to take maximum points from their respective fixtures at the weekend.
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