Josh King’s classy finish was the difference on Saturday, as Bournemouth condemned Sunderland to relegation from the Premier League for the 1st time in 10 years with a 1-0 victory at the Stadium of Light. King’s goal on Saturday saw him move to 15 in the league, rivalling Dele Alli (16) and Sergio Aguero (17) in the Golden Boot rankings.
Goal scoring form of 11 in his last 11 league games will be no doubt catching the eyes of scouting network above the stature of Bournemouth, though just how good is Josh King?
King has indisputable talent, there is no doubting that – though Eddie Howe and Bournemouth were unquestionably taking a relative risk in signing the ex-Manchester United youth product. 90MAAT takes a look at the rise of the Norwegian prodigy who is lighting up the Premier League in 2017.
Josh King’s career looked set to stagnate or storm to success following his decision to not renew the contract on offer at Blackburn Rovers. King opted to move to the South-coast, and ply his trade with the Premier League first timers: AFC Bournemouth. Prior to his arrival at Bournemouth, King had scored 6 professional goals – 5 at Blackburn over 2 spells and 1 at Hull City, not exactly a mouth-watering statistic with regard to goals scored.
Howe and his coaching team clearly saw potential in King, and it is testament to Howe’s coaching abilities that the 25-year old is flourishing within Bournemouth’s tactical system. A grand total of *£0 expended in transfer fees (*tribunal fee remains undisclosed) means it would be easy for Howe to cash in on the mesmeric form of his Norwegian talent, though it will be telling of the progress Bournemouth have or haven’t made off the pitch as to whether they can keep hold of King.
At the age of 25 he has amassed 27 Norway caps (7 goals), and the future looks bright for the youth prospect turned away from Manchester United for a perceived lack of ability.
King is set to shine at Bournemouth or elsewhere in the Premier League, and his 20 goals in 64 Bournemouth appearances are the sign of a player beginning to realise the potential and peak in the process: Josh King is on the rise, and in tandem his transfer value will be too.
Written by Tom Newman.