Josh King signing a new four-year deal seems to have been lost in the deluge of Paul Pogba, Jose Mourinho and Man United coming to little old Bournemouth stories.
It is undoubtedly good news for Cherries fans. He was last season’s most improved player and eventual top scorer. We know Callum Wilson was injured for most of the season and may have scored more, but this makes King’s achievement even more admirable. He may have only scored seven goals, but this did include the winner against Man United at Dean Court.
With a full season in the Premier League behind him he will be a different goal-scoring animal this season. He made 31 league appearance last season, but he didn’t score his first goal until his 11th league appearance. His goal away to Swansea saw the Cherries get a point in a 2-2 draw.
His next (and most mentioned) goal came three games later against Man United in a 2-1 win at Dean Court (did I need to mention this? :-). But it was in the second half of the season he started to grow. He scored 5 goals in 18 appearances, a far more productive output.
If he continues his form from the end of last season we could have a striker that is more than capable of scoring 12-15 goals. Kicking off with a goal against his old employers would be the perfect start to the season. If it’s the winner even better.