Rantie will get the opportunity to open his ‘Cherries’ account on Saturday when Bournemouth travel to Nottingham Forest. He should have some confidence too after scoring a fine goal for Bafana Bafana against Morocco last Friday.
“I was really pleased for him,” Howe told the Daily Echo. “It is always great when players go away on international duty and do well. He has looked really confident and good in training so I think the next step for him is to score for us.
“But I have been really pleased with his performances. He is adapting and getting to know us and our style of play with every training session so the signs are really positive.
“His goal against Morocco was a typical Tokelo Rantie strike and I am sure as our supporters get to see him and know him more, they will see what attributes he has and what he will bring to the team.”
Howe says that while Rantie has not found the back of the net for the side yet since his move from Malmo in Sweden seven week ago, he has created a number of goals for teammates.
“He has been a creator of goals for us but I am sure, in time, he will be a goalscorer as well. It is an obvious statement to say you want your strikers to score.
“I have been really pleased with his performances and, his performances in general, have justified his selection. As long as he continues with all those bits and pieces we look for, the goals will come because he is a quality player.”