Thursday, 15 May 2014

Have we seen the best of Tubbs?

It has been said that Matt Tubbs is somewhat cool on a return to Crawley Town unless they involved in a promotion season and he seems clear that Eddie Howe is unlikely to need him back at AFCB if he can add one or two more to the squad. I think that is perhaps a bit of a shame because with teams like Cardiff City, Fulham, Middlesbrough and Crystal Palace pawing over our first team players it just could be that some holes appear that need to be filled. The forward line is by no means confirmed yet at AFCB and after Lewis Grabban has been allowed to talk to Cardiff City it is fairly clear that the same front two won't be there at the start of next season for the Cherries. 

If Matt is still out of favour then AFCB really
need to get there money back on him soon.
As for Matt Tubbs, he is one of the players that perhaps AFCB have been looking to off load if a credible bid comes in from Crawley or another team. But Matt did fairly well back at Crawley and I don't see why he should give up on trying to make a name for himself in the Championship. A new strike partner with Yann Kermorgant is suddenly a priority for Eddie Howe. It may be that in training Matt Tubbs can show that he could do a job there with Yann. 

Matt Tubbs is also going to be on fairly good wages and if he is not one of the players that is moving on then he has to benefit the club in some way whether it is playing for them or going out on loan. AFCB have a squad of strong players now who will be battling for a place again over the summer and while Eddie Howe has a good idea of the ability of who has the best chance of being in pole position for a starting place next season, many things can yet change over the summer months with moves and injuries and failed bids for new targets. If Matt wants to play though I hope he gets a move to a good club as I think he can make the difference to a team that is struggling to score goals.

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  1. It's a shame Eddie just hasn't wanted to play Tubbs, more often than not, he's come on as sub and score a vital goal. Tubbs has the knack of being in the right place at the right time, and converting his chances. I personally see Tubbs doing better in The Championship than Pitman. The main argument against Matty, is he lacks speed, yet once again, with Yann alongside feeding Tubbs with knock downs, it could work well.

    1. Right back when Eddie first took over, Tubbs was on loan from Salisbury with a vew to a full contract once the window opened. Eddie sent him back and picked up Liam Feeney and Anton Robinson instead. Both did well for us. So did Pitman (in spades!).

      AFCB were desperately short of cash at the time so part of it was a question of resources but I don't think he has ever rated Tubbs.

      Lee Bradbury signed a new contract, then he signed Tubbs. Wes Thomas promptly lost form, Tubbs never really got established and Lee was out of a job. As a transfer deal that was down on a par with Millwall signing Josh McQuoid or Burnley signing Gareth O'Connor, everybody lost out.