BOSS Andoni Iraola believes Kieffer Moore can still be “valuable” for Cherries in certain “conditions”, despite his lack of game-time this season.

The striker has featured eight times under Iraola, his only start coming in the Carabao Cup at Swansea City, where he was withdrawn at half-time.

In total, the Wales international has been restricted to 142 minutes of action and not been part of the matchday squad for Cherries’ past two fixtures.

Moore has played second fiddle to in-form Dominic Solanke, while Antoine Semenyo is also seen as a potential alternative up front.

Discussing Moore’s lack of game-time, head coach Iraola said: “I think we’ve used him especially in games where we were losing, to try to put more pressure with two forwards.

“Like against Liverpool, playing with Dom and him up front. I think he can be valuable in those situations.

“He is probably the best asset we have at finishing set-pieces, an aerial threat. But it is true that he hasn’t scored.

“The first thing you are going to do when you evaluate a performance of the number nine normally is the goals he scores. But I think he is valuable in those conditions.”

Moore began his Cherries career as the ultimate impact sub, scoring twice to rescue a draw at Swansea in the Championship, before the goal which clinched promotion against Nottingham Forest.

But the 31-year-old has not found the net at all in competitive club football in 2023.

Asked if he still has plans for Moore going forwards, Iraola explained: “Yes, because it is not only talking about Kieff, it is not easy to have minutes.

“You have to have a lot of competition and you have to take the minutes you have.

“You have 10 minutes, you have to try to maximise those 10 minutes, so they become 20.

“When you have 20, you have to push a little bit more so maybe you can start one game and play 60.

“If you have 20 and you don’t have a good performance, probably the next day another teammate will have this 20. It is internal competition.

“My job is to try and find the players that are in the best form and can help the team more.”

Moore is gearing up for two huge Euro qualifiers with Wales in the next week, starting away to Armenia tomorrow (2pm).