Crystal Palace are almost certain to be in the market for a new striker or two this summer and if Bournemouth striker Josh King’s recent comments are anything to go by, he could be ripe for a move from the Cherries.
Whilst Roy Hodgson managed to create a genuinely potent attacking system at Palace from September onwards last term, there was no way to ignore Benteke’s lack of goals at the head of the side. With the Belgian struggling hugely for form, Connor Wickham sidelined and January signing Alexander Sørloth still finding his feet in the UK, we were forced to rely on others chipping in until May; a feat the gaffer is unlikely to be keen on repeating next term.
You can be certain of Palace being linked to all manner of different attacking options between now and August but in Bournemouth’s Josh King, we appear to have stumbled upon a man who is desperate to escape his current employers, after butting his head against a tactical brick wall for the best part of nine months.
Eddie Howe is often trumpeted as the bright young thing of the managerial profession by the English press but if King’s comments in the article linked above are anything to go by, the Cherries’ gaffer needs to do some serious work on man management techniques in the summer months.
Of course, you’d expect other clubs to rival Roy Hodgson for the signature of the former Manchester United striker but with an obvious gap in our current squad which would quite possibly fit King like a glove, I can see him being rather intrigued by the prospect of a switch to SE25 over the next month or so.
You need only look at the feel-good factor Roy has brought with him at Palace to see that he’s a dab-hand when it comes to keeping everyone happy within a squad of 25 professionals. If Howe has refused to listen to King’s concerns, he’ll likely lose him ahead of the 2018/19 campaign and I for one wouldn’t be against the sight of King playing in red and blue.
Keep your eyes peeled.