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The currrent story at AFC Bournemouth is dominant possession, struggle to score. An unbeliveable situation when it could be construed that we have as many as 9 strikers on our books (we know some could be classed as attacking midfielders). Currently we have Wes Thomas, Matt Tubbs, Charlie Sheringham, Lee Barnard, Josh McQuoid, Lewis Grabban, Jayden Stockley, Steve Fletcher and Frank Demouge.

“Groves preferred choice is to bring Thomas off the bench”

From this crop of players we can exclude Lee Barnard, Frank Demouge and Charlie Sheringham due to injury. This now leaves us with a miserable six strikers to choose from (poor old Paul Groves how will he cope). From the remaining selection Jayden Stockley and Steve Fletcher can be counted out as these two are backup strikers rather than first choice strikers. This leaves Groves with just four first choice strikers, Josh McQuoid, Lewis Grabban, Wes Thomas and Matt Tubbs (poor old Paul Groves how will he cope).

From this quartet, Josh McQuoid is considered an attacking midfielder (according to the official site) which brings us to three first choice strikers. Lewis Grabban is currently a starter with Thomas and Tubbs on the bench.

2003 – 2010 | Salisbury City | 245 (107)
2008  2008 | Bournemouth | 8 (1) (on loan)
2010 – 2012 | Crawley Town | 65 (49)
2012 – 2012 | Bournemouth | 9 (1)

Groves current preferred choice is to bring Thomas off the bench. However, as much as we love Mr Thomas, we would love him to start scoring regularly, he is simply not hitting the back of the net. Thomas has not scored in 14 games, his last goal coming against Stevenage in March 2012.

How do we resolve this issue? If it’s not obvious by now then let us spell it out, M-A-T-T T-U-B-B-S.

A proven goalscorer, that cost an alleged £800,000, is sitting on the bench simply waiting for his chance to shine. There is a rumour that there is a clause in his contract that involves the Cherries paying appearance and goal-related bonuses. But, think about it for a second and this is absolute nonsense. The current financial situation means that the Cherries are hardly short of cash and if there is a striker that can score goals this will only have a positive effect. Score more goals, win more games, attendances grow, revenue grows. If Tubbs comes on and scores goals he will be worth every penny.

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