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Everton Could Win The Race For This In-Demand Bournemouth Forward: Right Fit For The Toffees?

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In a recent report talkSPORT has stated that Everton could win the race for Bournemouth forward Joshua King this month. However, the Toffees will face stiff competition from West Ham United in pursuit of the Cherries attacker before the domestic transfer deadline on October 16 (via talkSPORT).

King’s Frustrating Form At The Vitality Stadium Last Season

The 28-year-old experienced a frustrating season at the South Coast of England in the previous campaign when he failed to find consistency as far as his productivity was concerned inside the opponent’s penalty area. King found the back of the net on six occasions and secured four assists in 27 matches for the Cherries last season across multiple competitions.

However, the Championship forward deserves a pat on the back for averaging 1.0 shots, 1.2 key passes and 2.0 dribbles per game in the Premier League. However, his offensive contributions weren’t enough as Bournemouth suffered relegation on the last day of the campaign. The Norwegian attacker was also guilty of being sloppy when distributing the ball as evident from his pass completion rate of 72.3% in the English first division (stats via whoscored).

King could be tempted to join Carlo Ancelotti’s Everton side this month following their flying start to this season. A return to the Premier League could once again give him a chance to prove his value and kickstart his career away from the Vitality Stadium.

Everton could win the race for Joshua King who is in action in the picture
Manchester United’s English midfielder Scott McTominay (R) battles with Bournemouth’s Norwegian striker Joshua King (L) during the English Premier League football match between Bournemouth and Manchester United at the Vitality Stadium in Bournemouth, southern England on November 2, 2019. (Photo by GLYN KIRK/AFP via Getty Images)

What Will The Bournemouth Frontman Bring To Goodison Park?

When King is playing with confidence, he can be a devastating finisher in the final third. He has got the speed to blow past the opposition defenders and is renowned for being an expert penalty taker. However, the 50-time Norwegian international has been far too inconsistent in terms of his overall productivity in front of the opponent’s goal.

Maybe a return to the English top tier could help him discover his best form and showcase his skills at the highest level week in week out. King will add a few goals and assists to Ancelotti’s frontline and will be more than a decent back-up to Richarlison and Dominic Calvert-Lewin at the blue half of Merseyside in the coming seasons.

Is King The Right Fit For The Toffees?

At 28, the Norwegian speedster is currently playing at his prime, so Ancelotti would fancy his chances of getting the best out of the player if he can seal a late move for him during this domestic transfer window. It would be important for Everton to have a strong squad if they are to challenge across all competitions over the next 12 months.

Hence, recruiting King this month could prove to be a shrewd piece of business for the Toffees. The Bournemouth star will be a great fit for the Merseyside club as he will bolster their squad considerably for the remainder of this 2020-21 campaign.

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