AFC Bournemouth and Norway international striker Joshua King has failed to score in ten appearances for club and country.
The 28-year-old, who is out-of-contract at Dean Court at the end of this season hasn’t scored since his goal against Everton on the final day of the Premier League campaign.
Prior to the transfer window closing King was not shy in stating his desire to leave AFC Bournemouth this summer, declaring it as “the worst two months of his life”.
In that interview, he also claimed that if he had moved, he would have “played four games and been in top form” and yet since that interview, four games have since past and King has failed to score and according to statistical website whoscored, his performances are actually getting worse.
Against Derby County (45-minute appearance) and Sheffield Wednesday, he received ratings of a mere 5.9.
Overall he is currently averaging 6.22, which places him as the worst performing AFC Bournemouth player who has played more than a combined total of 90 minutes this season, this despite playing regularly in his so-called preferred position as a number 9.
AFC Bournemouth manager Jason Tindall told the Daily Echo…
“Goals breed confidence for strikers and the longer they don’t come, the more anxious maybe they become.
“But I think when you are a quality player like Josh, it does tend to be a matter of time.
“Sometimes they are like red buses, when one comes – there’s four, five or six that might come consecutively.
“Let’s hope that’s the case. All we need to do is keep working hard, keep creating chances and hopefully the goals will come.”
We missed a fair amount of pretty easy chances against Sheffield Wednesday considering how turgid we were; King especially. So much for the clear Premier League quality. What King delivered was essentially the goal return of a typical Dominic Solanke display without any of the positives.
Arnaut Danjuma is starting to show himself as an exceptionally greedy player; Diego Rico wasn’t great but he ignored the overlap every time, only picking the flashiest thing to do. Jordon Ibe at least made bad decisions because of his lack of footballing brains; Danjuma seems to do the same but deliberately. If you’re going to be arrogant on the ball you have to DELIVER.
David Brooks was poor, but he had flashes of good moments and decisions. Just looked well off the pace of the game to be honest. Disappointing.
Jefferson Lerma will probably evade any criticism once again because he’s the shining golden boy but thought he was poor. As he was for the majority of the post lockdown period.
I can’t think of a single player that started midweek who had a good game, Solanke did ok when he came on, Lewis Cook looked good likewise. – Join the conversation, click here.