Vancouver Whitecaps forward Darren Mattocks joins Bournemouth on trial

Vancouver Whitecaps forward Darren Mattocks has joined AFC Bournemouth on a week-long training stint, ahead of a possible permanent switch to the south coast club.

Vancouver Whitecaps forward Darren Mattocks has long talked about securing a dream move to England, and now the Jamaica international looks to have moved a step closer towards realising his goal.

The MLS club confirmed on Tuesday that Mattocks, 24, has joined AFC Bournemouth on a week-long training stint until January 11, where he will be given a valuable chance to impress the Championship leaders’ coaching staff.

The second overall pick in the 2012 MLS SuperDraft, Mattocks has scored 16 goals in 71 regular-season games for the Whitecaps, and was also ranked number one on the league’s top “24 under 24” list following his debut campaign.

However, the versatile front man’s questionable attitude has so far restricted his progress in Vancouver, with the club said to have grown tired of his antics after a couple of frustrating seasons, which included an interview on Jamaican TV in which he criticised the team for mishandling his talents.

Nevertheless, few doubt his potential to become an accomplished forward in European football given his outstanding speed, confidence and aerial prowess, and a fresh challenge could be just what’s needed to get his still-promising career back on track.

It remains to be seen whether something will come of his time at Bournemouth but, if he can maintain his focus both on and off the pitch, then the 17-times capped international should be able to make his mark on the English second-tier if given the chance.

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