AFC Bournemouth striker Joshua King has certainly improved since he first arrived from Blackburn Rovers in May 2015.
Following the Cherries promotion from the Championship, King arrived as a summer signing ahead of the clubs first season in the top flight of English football.
His transfer fee was set to be decided via a tribunal, but both clubs eventually agreed on a fee of around £1million.
Unlike many Eddie Howe signings, King walked straight into the side at the expense of Yann Kermorgant.
He would go 12 games before scoring his first goal, with numerous, uninspiring performances.
In October 2015, a rather infamous post was made on the VitalFootball forums. It was a rather damning review of Joshua King’s performances for AFC Bournemouth up to that date.
“The worst player to pull on our shirt?” was the question being posed.
Since then he has scored 32 Premier League goals and claimed 8 assists.
No AFC Bournemouth player has scored more goals in the top tier of English football than Joshua King.
Now the question is whether or not King is AFC Bournemouth’s best signing since promotion to the Premier League.
When AFC Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe was asked that very question by the Daily Echo, Howe said…
“It’s difficult when I am asked this question to bracket them, put list together or rank them. You don’t want to be disrespectful to anybody else who has done so well down the years.
“But I certainly consider him a good one. With the fee we paid, you don’t get players like that now. We are very pleased with that business.”
Howe also said…
“…I’d say he has developed a lot. He was a superbly talented player when we signed him, I don’t think there was any doubt about that and I’m sure Blackburn realised that as well.
“Athletically he was so good and so powerful. He has done really well. We have just given him the platform to do it and worked with him, as we do with all our players behind the scenes…”
The Joshua King and Callum Wilson partnership has changed, in my opinion, as we do seem to be playing ‘2 up front’ now. In previous season’s King has always sat in the hole, behind Wilson…
Anyone recall King’s ‘exaggerated’ comments in the Norwegian press? Maybe Eddie sat up and took note… – Join the conversation, click here.