Date: 2nd February 2017 at 7:41am
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AFC Bournemouth striker Joshua King is enjoying his role in the side this season, but admits its different to the last campaign.

During the Cherries maiden season in the Premier League, Joshua King began the season playing a deeper role behind Callum Wilson.

But following Wilson’s severe knee injury, King was asked to lead the line and the Norwegian international grew into the role.

This season, King has played a number of positions, including as the main focal point striker, as well as a deep sitting forward. He’s also featured out wide.

In recent games, King has returned to a number 10 role, supporting either Benik Afobe or Callum Wilson and King insists he enjoys the role.

King told

‘It’s a big difference to last season when I was enjoying my time as a number nine when Callum Wilson was injured, I had my joy as a nine, though obviously I’ll do whatever I’m told to do no matter what position I get put in.

‘I’m enjoying it at the club and with the gaffer, it’s different from last season but I’m trying my best. I enjoy it, but I can’t say I enjoy it when we lose.’

Your Say…

northstandmark wrote…

We have to use the players we have. And that’s fine, I am very confident that there is a decent side in us somewhere. The trouble is the same as we had at the start of the season. We have a lot of pieces to a puzzle, and nobody, be it us in the stand or Howe himself, knows how those pieces best fit together.

For me:

Stick with the back 4 we know most (not that we have many choices now)
Smith Francis Cook Daniels

In midfield, we need to break up the Surman/Wilshere pair. It’s far too lightweight and gets us bullied by literally every side we face. We need to remove King from the number 10 role as well. He doesn’t want to play there, doesn’t want to offer support to the CMs, because that’s not his game. I know Howe is desperate to get King at 10 to work, and Surman to reignite last season’s form, but neither shows any sign of happening.

Get Wilshere back at number 10 and keep him there.

We have a choice of Arter, Gosling, and newly fit Lewis Cook. Plenty of good options to be working with there. Whether we move one of them in alongside Surman, or drop Surman and move two of them in, we can experiment with. I’ve been calling for Surman to drop out for weeks, but it seems to get me pelters.

Fraser, Stanislas, Pugh and Ibe is a reasonable choice of wingers. Plus King. Ibe last night looked good in patches. Pugh we know exactly what we get with him. Fraser and Stan have had decent seasons in patches.

Up front, King, Afobe, Wilson is a hard choice. None of them look like grabbing that shirt. Afobe makes us look static. Wilson is missing a yard of pace. Personally I want us to get back to basics, get back to what we last know worked. That’s Josh King up front, where by the end of last season he looked electric.
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