Back in 2013 when AFC Bournemouth signed Rantie (for an alleged £2.5m) from Malmo FF we at TFTSE Towers were expecting great things from the diminutive South African.
We had seen what he had done for Malmo and the national team. He had scored 10 goals in 32 league appearances and 16 in 41 in all competitions for Malmo. Back then the mighty Cherries has just been promoted to the Championship and were looking for a striker to keep them there.
He got his first start away to Middlesbrough in a thrilling 3-3 draw. No goal, but he was just working his way into English football, honest. His first strike came seven games later as he scored a worldly against Burnley at Turf Moor.
It was another ten games before Cherries fans had the delight of seeing Rantie scoring again. This time at home to Huddersfield. His final goal for the season came against Burnley at home.
We believed in him, Eddie believed in him, “I have said it is going to be a big season for TK and have seen nothing that will change my mind on that. As with all the other players, I am sure he will get his opportunity to stake a claim in the first team very soon.
But, the 2014/15 season didn’t get any better, two goals, both in the 8-0 thrashing of Birmingham and one of those was a penalty. What happened last season? In one word nothing.
Let’s take a closer look at his record at AFC Bournemouth.
SEASON: 2013/14 – Apps: 31 (2 x cup) – Goals: 3
SEASON: 2014/15 – Apps: 16 (4 x cup) – Goals: 2
SEASON: 2015/16 – Apps: 06 (3 x cup) – Goals: 0
TOTAL: 2013-2016 – Apps 53 (9 x Cup) – Goals: 5
(If were turned this into a chart it would all being going South)
Hardly outstanding and another season in the Premier League means no appearances and no goals surely. Why do will still have him Eddie? Surely its time to get him off the wage bill.