Bournemouth striker Joshua King recently indicated that he is unhappy in the current deeper role he is playing at the club and he suggested he can move out of the Vitality stadium. King’s chances in the first eleven have been reduced since the arrival of Jermaine Defoe and Callum Wilson. He was expected to have a breakthrough season after he impressed in the 2016-17 campaign. However, he managed just 9 goals this term in 34 appearances in all competitions.
King was quoted as saying,”I do not like to blame anything, but I have to say that I was surprised that I returned in pre-season and was switched to a deeper position than [that in which] I did so well in the year before. I started one match as the spearhead [up front] this year. I am 110 per cent unhappy with the change in position. I am not satisfied and my coach knows. I think most people know where I am the best.”
With his recent comments, he has certainly put clouds over his future at the Vitality Stadium. He further went on to add,” I have three years left on my contract and I am a Bournemouth player now, but in football, you never know. I just want to play in the position I am best at. Why change something that worked so well? I do not understand and maybe it has been a bit in my mind all season.”
Certain clubs will surely be on red alert after the striker’s comments and we look at three clubs which can bring in this talented Norwegian striker.
The Magpies have been linked with the striker even before the transfer window began and Newcastle are certainly in need of a goal scorer. The likes of Dwight Gayle and Joselu have been disappointing in front of goal this term and if not for Ayoze Perez’s exploits in the latter half of the season, Newcastle could have been in the relegation battle. King will certainly suit Benitez’s current setup and he will get to play in his preferred position.
A lot was expected out of Christian Benteke this season but the big Belgian managed just three goals in Eagles’ entire campaign. An able striker will certainly ease a lot of pressure from Roy Hodgson and Wilfried Zaha, who has even turned out as a false 9 this season because of lack of a goalscorer.
The newly promoted Championship winners are also in need of a striker as they will lose out on the services of Benik Afobe who was on loan. Joshua King can certainly be a good replacement and he might thrive under a manager like Nuno Santo.