Former AFC Bournemouth head of youth Joe Roach believes that Cherries manager Eddie Howe will get the best out of Brett Pitman.
Roach who now works with the Premier League, auditing and inspecting academies was the Cherries head of youth for ten years before his departure from Dean Court last year.
During his time with the Cherries youth set-up the likes of Pitman, Sam Vokes, Josh McQuoid and Danny Ings all came through the youth ranks and on to the first team.
Whilst Vokes, McQuoid and Ings moved on due to the potential they had shown with AFC Bournemouth, Pitman was the striker who had shown he was a natural goalscorer.
His first team appearances and goals may have been sporadic before the appointment of Eddie Howe as manager in January 2009, but during the following 16 months Pitman showed his quality firstly helping the side avoid relegation out of the Football League despite a seventeen point deduction and then on to promotion from League Two despite a transfer embargo that spanned that whole period.
Under the leadership of Eddie Howe, Pitman made 74 appearances for the Cherries scoring 44 goals.
His form earned him a move to Championship side Bristol City, signing a three year contract with a transfer fee in the region of £550,000 – £800,000.
Following two and a half years with City where he scored 20 goals in 81 appearances (36 starts). The striker has now returned to Dean Court on loan ahead of an expected permanent move in January for a nominal fee in the region of £60,000.
Roach told the Daily Echo…
‘…If you look at Brett`s record from that part of his career with Bournemouth before he left, you don`t need to be a statistician to see the impact that he made.
“I have seen probably all the home games since Eddie has been back and the team are creating lots of chances and Brett will thrive on those types of ball entries into the box. I think, within a very short period of time, he will be scoring, without putting pressure on the lad.
“Eddie knows how to get the best out of Brett from a playing point of view and, if he is doing the right things, will want him on the pitch. Brett will react to that in a positive statement. He will have to work hard with Eddie and Eddie will get the best out of him.”
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