Having arrived in England as the Cherries record signing in the Summer transfer window, much has been expected from Tokelo Rantie as he stepped straight in to the Cherries first team.
From some quarters he's received criticism, but from the genuine support we can see what he is capable of as he strides to adapt to the English game.
Speaking in the Bournemouth Evening Echo, Rantie is quoted as saying: "Sometimes you can tell when you have played badly. People come to you and say you played well but I believe people need to be honest with me. It would be nice if people were honest and set the record straight so I can rectify my mistakes. That is the only way I can develop and grow as a player. I am way too strong to let it (criticism) destroy me. I don’t know where I get it from but I don’t get affected by anything. People might think I am arrogant but I don’t have it in me to feel sorry or ashamed for myself when I do these things (play badly), I just always want to try to get better and better. It has been a struggle and it is strange because I didn’t struggle anywhere else, things just turned out for me, but this is the first team where we have worked on different aspects of the game. Everywhere else, we just trained how we were going to play at the weekend, but here they focus on defensive things, attacking things and tactical things. Because I have always wanted to learn from a young age, there is a little distraction there. There is so much information to absorb and everything has come so fast. I never had the chance to learn these things before".
Source: Cherries MAD