Saturday, 27 July 2013

Tubbs' need to play sees him move to Rotherham on loan

I was one who did not feel Matt would move unless he felt he was not going to get some game time at AFCB. The fact that he has gone to the Millers, on loan for six month, indicates that he probably did not feel he would be the first choice sub any more at the Cherries.
No one wants to sit on the bench if you could be playing.
The arrival of Coulibaly and the emergence of Jayden Stockley pushing for places as well as Wes Thomas has probably seen Tubbs decide that he would be better off at Rotherham, even though he indicated this summer that he wanted to stay in southern England. He will be reunited with his former Crawley manager Steve Evans, who is building a side to challenge the leading teams in League One in Rotherham's first season back in that division.

I still believe that Eddie Howe is trying to bring another striker to the club. I am not convinced that the performances of Wes Thomas or Jayden Stockley warrant them being ideal back up for a front two of Pitman and Grabban. If Eddie decides to play Pugh and Ritchie for most part of the season on the wings, he is left with Coulibaly, Fraser and McQuoid, when the latter regains his fitness, to play in attacking roles, although Fogden and Matthews may also come into his thinking. Before having his pre-season operation it was McQuoid that was being considered for a forward role.

The fact that Tubbs has only moved on loan is probably a sign that the Millers could not afford his transfer fee. Tubbs scored six times in his 36 appearances for AFCB during last year's promotion season. If the wage bill is a problem at the Cherries, then moving Tubbs on is surely a wise move but Eddie Howe will be wanting McQuoid back in training very quickly if he is not able to bring another striker in.

AFCB fans are still waiting to hear what will happen to Stephane Zubar who seems destined to go to Bury on loan or in a permanent deal.

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