Wes Thomas is staying at Bournemouth, insists Eddie Howe.
The 26-year-old spent time on loan at Birmingham City, Blackpool and Portsmouth last season, and has been tipped to leave the Cherries on a permanent basis during the summer. However, he started in the 2-1 win over Charlton Athletic on the opening day of the current Championship campaign last Saturday, and also in the 1-0 win over Portsmouth in the League Cup first round three days later.
Although Thomas was on the bench for the 6-1 drubbing at Watford on Saturday, speaking before the match, Howe made it clear that he has no intention of selling the striker, who has scored 11 goals in 40 league games during his time at Dean Court.
“We want to bring in a striker to complement what we have,” Howe told the Daily Echo. “We certainly wouldn’t want to be letting one go in a different direction, especially someone who has started the two games for us this season and done well.
“He (Thomas) has put in a couple of good performances. He has worked extremely hard and I think the fans really took to him on Saturday when they saw how much of a shift he put in for the team, and his attitude and commitment to the cause, so long may that continue.”