Joshua King’s phenomenal rise was one of the most undermined stories in the Premier League last season.
The AFC Bournemouth forward scored 16 goals in 36 appearances in the Premier League in the 2016/17 season. Rejected by Manchester United, King resurrected his career by the dropping down to the EFL Championship with Blackburn Rovers.
He was far from a reputable prolific goal scorer during his two-and-a-half year spell at Ewood Park. The 25-year-old netted only 8 goals in 74 appearances in all competitions and joined the cherries after refusing to sign a new contract in May 2015.
His debut season at Dean Court was relatively average and he wasn’t considered as one of the strongest players at the club. However, his remarkable improvement in form marked the beginning of an outstanding season for AFC Bournemouth.
AFC Bournemouth were the seventh highest scorers in the Premier League last season with King scoring 29% of the cherries’ goals. Similar to Michael Keane, King has proved his worth after failing to break into Manchester United’s squad.
This could be perceived as a compliment to Manchester United, who’ve produced a host of exceptionally talented players in their history. However, King may subsequently be another one who got away.
He’s versatile and can be deployed in a variety of attacking positions, including as an attacking midfielder, winger and forward. The Norwegian international is strikingly skilful and is impressively composed in vital goal scoring situations.
For example, King netted a hat-trick during a 3-2 win against West Ham in March. His first goal displayed his supreme composure inside the penalty area. He calmly flicked the ball over the head of Jose Fonte and stroked an accurate finish into the far bottom corner.
These types of heroic acts created chaotic scenes of passion and pride at Dean Court, in what was an iconic season for AFC Bournemouth. “Little Bournemouth” as they’ve stereotypically been referred as since arriving in the Premier League in 2015 are expanding bigger than ever.
The rise of Bournemouth could easily be a Hollywood script? They’ve dragged themselves from the lows of administration to the highs of achieving a top half finish in the Premier League in the past ten years.
Asmir Begovic, Nathan Ake and Jermain Defoe have arrived on the South Coast of England to boost the team as they prepare for their third consecutive season in the Premier League. The future looks bright and Eddie Howe will be hoping that Joshua King will be a key member in Bournemouth’s success story.
How will Defoe’s arrival affect Joshua King at afc bournemouth?
Jermain Defoe’s return to AFC Bournemouth will surely only help develop Joshua King, right? Yes, he will have to share the spotlight, which shone very brightly on him last season but if he’s a team man then Defoe’s arrival will only enhance Bournemouth’s chances of achieving greatness.
However, the same can’t be said for Benik Afobe, who is likely to lose his regular place in the starting line-up. Defoe netted 15 goals in 40 appearances for Sunderland last season, netting 37 goals in 93 appearances overall at the Stadium of Light.
The 34-year-old returns to the place where he exploded onto the scene back in the 2000/01 season. Defoe scored 19 goals in 31 appearances during a season-long loan at Dean Court from West Ham United.
Spells at West Ham United, Tottenham Hotspur, Portsmouth, Toronto FC and Sunderland followed for the England international. He is currently the seventh highest goal scorer in Premier League history with 158 goals and is in reachable distance of eclipsing Robbie Fowler, Thierry Henry, Frank Lampard and Andy Cole.
The potential partnership between Joshua King and Jermain Defoe is very promising. The sharing of goals could be vital for Bournemouth next season but it’ll be interesting to see whether they can form a telepathic connection in the final third.
King made only two assists last season and took responsibility for the goal scoring duties. The spoils will have to be shared for the duo next season but King will receive an imperative education by playing with an established talisman like Defoe.