AFC Bournemouth: Striker Tokelo Rantie positive on upcoming Championship campaign

Bournemouth Echo: UPBEAT: Tokelo Rantie UPBEAT: Tokelo Rantie

STRIKER Tokelo Rantie is hoping to hit the ground running with Cherries next season after keeping his eye in on international duty over the summer.

Rantie helped South Africa claim a 1-1 draw with Australia on Monday and will again be keen to feature when Bafana Bafana face New Zealand at Mount Smart Stadium in Auckland on Friday.

The 24-year-old, who joined Cherries for a club record fee from Malmo in August, experienced fluctuating fortunes during his debut season at Dean Court.

He told the club website: “I am already excited because I think I am now in a position where I know what the league is all about.

“I have played against certain teams and know exactly what is required of me so I am looking forward to next season and think it is going to be good for me personally as a player. I just hope that I will manage to help the team as much as possible.”

Meanwhile, Cherries yesterday announced their first warm-up friendly with Eddie Howe’s men meeting FC Copenhagen during their pre-season training camp in Austria.

Cherries will pit their wits against the Danish giants at the Vulkanlandarena in the south of Austria, approximately 50km from Graz, on Friday, July 11 (7pm kick-off local time).

The match will be open to the general public, with ticket prices starting at eight euro. Cherries have said more information will be released to supporters closer to the date of the fixture.

Howe’s squad, who return for the start of pre-season on Saturday, June 28, will fly to Austria on Tuesday, July 8 before being put through their paces at a base in Bad Waltersdorf, which is located in the state of Styria.

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6:59am Wed 28 May 14

pokesdown1 says...

Hit the net running it should read,

Sincerely hope we dont have to rely on him for goals.
Hit the net running it should read, Sincerely hope we dont have to rely on him for goals. pokesdown1
  • Score: -20

9:08am Wed 28 May 14

canfordcherry says...

Big season for TK, one I am sure he will prove his worth in.
Big season for TK, one I am sure he will prove his worth in. canfordcherry
  • Score: 9

9:41am Wed 28 May 14

coops1965cherry says...

We have yet to see the best of TK because he can clearly play, all he needs to do is adapt and start finding the net because it is obvious he has natural talent and pace in abundance.
HE WILL COME GOOD.

U T C I A D.
We have yet to see the best of TK because he can clearly play, all he needs to do is adapt and start finding the net because it is obvious he has natural talent and pace in abundance. HE WILL COME GOOD. U T C I A D. coops1965cherry
  • Score: 6

9:49am Wed 28 May 14

afcbtintin says...

Agree with coops, would just add that he is obviously a true gentleman. I just hope he doesn't read some of the negative, almost personal, comments that get written here at times.

UTCIAD
Agree with coops, would just add that he is obviously a true gentleman. I just hope he doesn't read some of the negative, almost personal, comments that get written here at times. UTCIAD afcbtintin
  • Score: 9

10:24am Wed 28 May 14

elite50 says...

He payed half a game against the Aussies and set up the goal for his team.
He payed half a game against the Aussies and set up the goal for his team. elite50
  • Score: 1

11:58am Wed 28 May 14

TedMacsCherryPants says...

afcbtintin wrote:
Agree with coops, would just add that he is obviously a true gentleman. I just hope he doesn't read some of the negative, almost personal, comments that get written here at times. UTCIAD
Unfortunately being a true gentleman doesn't get the ball in the back of the net.
I like TK's pace and attitude and really hope he succeeds at AFCB, a very big season for him!
UTC
[quote][p][bold]afcbtintin[/bold] wrote: Agree with coops, would just add that he is obviously a true gentleman. I just hope he doesn't read some of the negative, almost personal, comments that get written here at times. UTCIAD[/p][/quote]Unfortunately being a true gentleman doesn't get the ball in the back of the net. I like TK's pace and attitude and really hope he succeeds at AFCB, a very big season for him! UTC TedMacsCherryPants
  • Score: 2

12:49pm Wed 28 May 14

a real supporter says...

I admire the optimism on here but unfortunately they are not backed up with facts or evidence. Just stating, "he will come good" is meaningless especially based on his performances so far. As for natural talent did you see the 2 one-on ones with the keeper recently? I along with every AFCB fan would love to see him succeed but there is just no evidence that he can play at this level. Being a true gent won't help either, watch Jann he's no gent on the pitch and we love him for it.. IMO he is just too much of a risk to start games and I don’t know how he will get the time and experience on the pitch to prove himself in the premiership.
I admire the optimism on here but unfortunately they are not backed up with facts or evidence. Just stating, "he will come good" is meaningless especially based on his performances so far. As for natural talent did you see the 2 one-on ones with the keeper recently? I along with every AFCB fan would love to see him succeed but there is just no evidence that he can play at this level. Being a true gent won't help either, watch Jann he's no gent on the pitch and we love him for it.. IMO he is just too much of a risk to start games and I don’t know how he will get the time and experience on the pitch to prove himself in the premiership. a real supporter
  • Score: 4

1:43pm Wed 28 May 14

Afcbpete says...

TedMacsCherryPants wrote:
afcbtintin wrote:
Agree with coops, would just add that he is obviously a true gentleman. I just hope he doesn't read some of the negative, almost personal, comments that get written here at times. UTCIAD
Unfortunately being a true gentleman doesn't get the ball in the back of the net.
I like TK's pace and attitude and really hope he succeeds at AFCB, a very big season for him!
UTC
You only have to see the goals he's scored before he came here, he certainly has the ability, it's a lack of confidence which many strikers have at times, plus he needs a flammin good rest, which he's not getting at the moment, which is a concern. It's all very well people complaining about his finishing, which is not unfair criticism, but if the team could actually learn to feed him the passes a player of his undoubted ability requires, he will only have to rely on creating his own chances. Certainly a big season for TK, I'd certainly expect to see a big difference by say October, otherwise I too will begin to be concerned. As it is, I have every faith in him, and when TK starts knocking them in as I know he can, he will be awesome to watch!!! UTCIAD
[quote][p][bold]TedMacsCherryPants[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]afcbtintin[/bold] wrote: Agree with coops, would just add that he is obviously a true gentleman. I just hope he doesn't read some of the negative, almost personal, comments that get written here at times. UTCIAD[/p][/quote]Unfortunately being a true gentleman doesn't get the ball in the back of the net. I like TK's pace and attitude and really hope he succeeds at AFCB, a very big season for him! UTC[/p][/quote]You only have to see the goals he's scored before he came here, he certainly has the ability, it's a lack of confidence which many strikers have at times, plus he needs a flammin good rest, which he's not getting at the moment, which is a concern. It's all very well people complaining about his finishing, which is not unfair criticism, but if the team could actually learn to feed him the passes a player of his undoubted ability requires, he will only have to rely on creating his own chances. Certainly a big season for TK, I'd certainly expect to see a big difference by say October, otherwise I too will begin to be concerned. As it is, I have every faith in him, and when TK starts knocking them in as I know he can, he will be awesome to watch!!! UTCIAD Afcbpete
  • Score: 4

5:38pm Wed 28 May 14

Nat1234 says...

Believe it or not I really hope rantie will come good and shut me up .. But if he hasn't proved himself halfway thru the season . He should go out on loan , perhaps in div 1 . And get some goals and confidence . Then come back to us and show us all that he is worth the money we paid for him ..
Believe it or not I really hope rantie will come good and shut me up .. But if he hasn't proved himself halfway thru the season . He should go out on loan , perhaps in div 1 . And get some goals and confidence . Then come back to us and show us all that he is worth the money we paid for him .. Nat1234
  • Score: 3

5:47pm Wed 28 May 14

holdinkæft says...

a real supporter wrote:
I admire the optimism on here but unfortunately they are not backed up with facts or evidence. Just stating, "he will come good" is meaningless especially based on his performances so far. As for natural talent did you see the 2 one-on ones with the keeper recently? I along with every AFCB fan would love to see him succeed but there is just no evidence that he can play at this level. Being a true gent won't help either, watch Jann he's no gent on the pitch and we love him for it.. IMO he is just too much of a risk to start games and I don’t know how he will get the time and experience on the pitch to prove himself in the premiership.
sod off all we need is Natt now.
[quote][p][bold]a real supporter[/bold] wrote: I admire the optimism on here but unfortunately they are not backed up with facts or evidence. Just stating, "he will come good" is meaningless especially based on his performances so far. As for natural talent did you see the 2 one-on ones with the keeper recently? I along with every AFCB fan would love to see him succeed but there is just no evidence that he can play at this level. Being a true gent won't help either, watch Jann he's no gent on the pitch and we love him for it.. IMO he is just too much of a risk to start games and I don’t know how he will get the time and experience on the pitch to prove himself in the premiership.[/p][/quote]sod off all we need is Natt now. holdinkæft
  • Score: -4

5:56pm Wed 28 May 14

holdinkæft says...

holdinkæft wrote:
a real supporter wrote:
I admire the optimism on here but unfortunately they are not backed up with facts or evidence. Just stating, "he will come good" is meaningless especially based on his performances so far. As for natural talent did you see the 2 one-on ones with the keeper recently? I along with every AFCB fan would love to see him succeed but there is just no evidence that he can play at this level. Being a true gent won't help either, watch Jann he's no gent on the pitch and we love him for it.. IMO he is just too much of a risk to start games and I don’t know how he will get the time and experience on the pitch to prove himself in the premiership.
sod off all we need is Natt now.
She couldnt wait with her negative imput, booked my ticket to Austria, come on you reds. not allowed to say bla .ks due to racists comments.
I believe Natt , do you?
I trust in Howes judgment. I like what I see.
TK is exciting thats what I pay for.
[quote][p][bold]holdinkæft[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]a real supporter[/bold] wrote: I admire the optimism on here but unfortunately they are not backed up with facts or evidence. Just stating, "he will come good" is meaningless especially based on his performances so far. As for natural talent did you see the 2 one-on ones with the keeper recently? I along with every AFCB fan would love to see him succeed but there is just no evidence that he can play at this level. Being a true gent won't help either, watch Jann he's no gent on the pitch and we love him for it.. IMO he is just too much of a risk to start games and I don’t know how he will get the time and experience on the pitch to prove himself in the premiership.[/p][/quote]sod off all we need is Natt now.[/p][/quote]She couldnt wait with her negative imput, booked my ticket to Austria, come on you reds. not allowed to say bla .ks due to racists comments. I believe Natt , do you? I trust in Howes judgment. I like what I see. TK is exciting thats what I pay for. holdinkæft
  • Score: -4

10:35am Thu 29 May 14

guitario says...

If Grabban; a player who struggled to find the net in League 1, can flourish the following season, then I'm sure Rantie can prove the doubters wrong. I can also see Grabban staying another season which, I think is essential to Bournemouth's chances of a top 6 finish.

If they can keep their team together - maybe bring in Surman and add another 2 players of the Gosling class (1 def, 1 forward) then I believe automatic promotion has to be an aim. I can only see Cardiff, Wigan and possibly Derby as the only serious rivals for the top two.

There's definitely an opportunity - just need to stop getting off to slow starts.
If Grabban; a player who struggled to find the net in League 1, can flourish the following season, then I'm sure Rantie can prove the doubters wrong. I can also see Grabban staying another season which, I think is essential to Bournemouth's chances of a top 6 finish. If they can keep their team together - maybe bring in Surman and add another 2 players of the Gosling class (1 def, 1 forward) then I believe automatic promotion has to be an aim. I can only see Cardiff, Wigan and possibly Derby as the only serious rivals for the top two. There's definitely an opportunity - just need to stop getting off to slow starts. guitario
  • Score: 0

11:02pm Thu 5 Jun 14

Iford Boyz says...

That's the problem he keeps hitting the ground. Stand up Rantie and prove yourself!!
That's the problem he keeps hitting the ground. Stand up Rantie and prove yourself!! Iford Boyz
  • Score: 0

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