A week in England with Bournemouth will allow Mattocks to compare his ability to those in the squad of the Championship leaders, and the pacey forward will hope to impress as the Cherries are well on their way to the Premier League at the midpoint of the season, having not lost in 14 league games now.
The Jamaican striker was drafted second overall by the Whitecaps in 2012 and has made over 70 appearances for the club, scoring 16 times. A goal return that could be significantly better and there have been rumours that Mattocks could be traded away this offseason.
Six goals and three assists in 30 appearances last season is not a bad return, but Mattocks and the Whitecaps know he is capable of more.
“I always think I could be better, regardless of what [I do],” Mattocks said at the end of last season.
“I always can work on stuff. Movement, finishing, everything. Even if I scored a bunch of goals this season, scoring, movement, all the stuff a player needs to work on to get better over time.
“I’m adapting, it’s good. I’m always going to be adapting, and next season’s going to be the same thing: keep getting better and try my best to help the team move forward.”
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