Jun 18, 2017
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Could Bournemouth’s Josh King be set for a transfer to Tottenham this summer?

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Joshua King was one of the Premier League’s breakout stars during the 2016/17 campaign as he scored 16 goals for Bournemouth. The injuries to Benik Afobe and Callum Wilson gave him an opportunity to lead the line and he didn’t look back.

Since breaking through at Manchester United, the forward has had a lot of potential and he is now delivering performances to match. At the beginning of May, the Mirror reported that Tottenham were eyeing a summer move for the 25-year-old and the player himself has been discussing the rumours in an interview with the Bournemouth Echo:

“I was intrigued even being mentioned in the same sentence as Spurs, a big team who play in the Champions League.

“It is the summer holiday now and I’ve learned so much from the gaffer here.

“You never know in football but, hopefully, I will be here next year and I’m looking forward to working with the gaffer because he’s been brilliant with me since the day I set foot on the training ground.”

What would he bring to the Spurs’ squad?

Tottenham haven’t had much luck with big name signings during recent windows, with Moussa Sissoko and Vincent Janssen failing to live up to the hype after moving to White Hart Lane last summer.

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Mauricio Pochettino will want to add quality to his squad this summer, but he will be aware that the right characters need to be targeted. The most successful players during the Argentine’s tenure as manager have been the ones that have been eager to learn. King certainly fits that description.

Although Spurs already have a good attack, they need to improve competition for places. Moussa Sissoko, Vincent Janssen and Georges-Kevin N’Koudou didn’t do enough to put pressure on the starting players and that is an area that should be addressed, especially if they are going to be serious about challenging for the title.

King is a dynamic attacker, who can beat opposition players, but his main strength is his intelligent movement as he is excellent at taking up goal-scoring positions. The Norwegian international is a good finisher and he would be a good impact player for Spurs if they were to sign him. It wouldn’t capture the imagination, but he would be a smart addition for Pochettino

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The quotes from King are interesting as they suggest that he would be open to a move if Spurs did make a move for him. However, he isn’t going to force an exit from Bournemouth as he is happy at Dean Court. It wouldn’t be hugely surprising if the forward was on the radar of Tottenham, as he would fit into the squad being put together by Pochettino. That said, it would be a risk to make a move for him this summer, as he hasn’t shown that he can produce that goal-scoring form over a sustained period. They chose to buy Janssen on the back of only one good season and that backfired. This is a deal that could happen in future windows if King continues to find the back of the net on a regular basis, but it would be a surprise if it was done this summer.
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Jake Jackman

Jake is a student based in the South East. He is a Newcastle fan and has a keen interest in Dutch football. Jake can be found on Twitter here - @jakejackmann.

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