Vital Football

Latest AFC Bournemouth News

The Strikers Revolving Door

The Strikers Revolving Door

The past week has been a continuation of the 'will they, won't they' story regarding Matt Tubbs and Danny Ings.

It was confirmed by Eddie Mitchell that AFCB tabled a substantial offer to Burnley for the 21 year-old, former Cherries Academy product. Eddie Howe clearly rates the striker he initially took away from Bournemouth to Burnley.

Meanwhile, current Cherries forward Matt Tubbs is also doing the rounds in the rumour mill, aided by his comments that he was unsure where he would be next season.

Quoted in the Crawley News as saying:

'Your guess is as good as mine where I'll be next season. It isn't really up to me, it's up to Bournemouth and my agent.'

A number of clubs are rumoured to be interested in the local-born finisher, who was denied opportunities last season by the form of Brett Pitman and Lewis Grabban, as explained by assistant boss, Jason Tindall in the Daily Echo:

'I'm not surprised clubs have been linked with him because his goalscoring record is exceptional and clubs are always looking for strikers who score goals consistently, like he has done throughout his career. From our point of view, Tubbsy made a really important contribution to our success last season. For any player that spends the majority of the season on the bench or not playing on a consistent basis week to week, it can be frustrating and difficult. But Tubbsy showed an absolutely terrific attitude to his training, his work and to the encouragement that he gave to other players. We value him really highly and he was a little bit unfortunate last season due to the good form of Brett and Grabbs. He showed a fantastic attitude, he kept himself fit and when he was called upon, he never let the team down.'

So far, only Crawley have come out to declare their interest, despite concerns about money. However, The Cherries have confirmed that no bids have yet surfaced.

Crawley manager, Richie Barker, told Crawley Observer:

'Yes, there is a chance, but it is only a very slim chance. Sometimes, players favour a certain club and Matt Tubbs certainly played his best football for us so, for that reason, he is somebody we would consider.'

Whilst his chairman, Richard Low, added:

'We have had discussions about Matt and, reading between the lines, he probably doesn`t figure in Bournemouth`s plans next season. Matt is a hero with the fans here so it would be good to get him back if it was possible, but it there is some way to go yet.'

This story still has a while to run I feel...

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Date:Thursday June 13 2013
Time: 8:01PM

Login to post a comment

Recent AFC Bournemouth Articles

End of season clear out at AFC Bournemouth?

Is it time to start a rebuilding of the squad releasing those who are fringe players and start afresh even to let players go so they get match time?

Howe: We will have to wait and see with Arter

AFC Bournemouth midfielder Harry Arter has withdrawn from international duty with the Republic Of Ireland and is a doubt for the Cherries next game against Watford.

Swapping the snow for Dubai

AFC Bournemouth are set to fly out to Dubai during the international break.

Beware the Ibe of March

'It`s just about the points at this stage`….. that`s what players and managers up and down the country will tell you as they near safety when the performance was missing. This afternoon at Dean Court

AFC Bournemouth Archived Articles

AFCB Vital articles from

Site Journalists

Editor email

Current Poll (see more polls)

How many points will be necessary to avoid relegation?
Suggested By: Toronto John
fewer than 364%
more than 419%
ScoopDragon Premier League Network Sites
The Vital Football Members League
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
Vital Football Comment

Recent AFC Bournemouth Results (view all)

AFC Bournemouth Fixtures

Vital Members League Table

8.Ken Baileys Ghost85
Write for Vital Football