Sunday, 31 July 2016

What should Josh King's target be next season?

Josh King had a very successful season in 2015/16. He may have hoped to have played a big part in AFCB's new Premier League status but he probably thought he would not be the number one choice when it came to leading the line for the team. Now he has seen his game grow from being a winger and a number 10 to also playing the number nine role, and his performances have elevated him into being one of the most important players at the club now.

In his second season at this level he will have to make some new assessments of what he might be able to achieve. The competition for places is not going to be any easier and with a fully fit batch of strikers to pick from Eddie Howe will be looking to see how best to get the most from his forwards. But Josh King is sitting very favourably in everyone's thoughts. He scored a wide variety of goals in the last 12 months and took on the mantle of scoring momentous goals at vital times. It has not just been his energy and pace that has caught the eye, but his intelligence and hard work rate to have really taken his game to another level.
Josh is likely to get more minutes in the friendly against Valencia on Wednesday night.
It is goals like the one he scored against Man Utd that really stick in my mind about how AFCB set about taking on much bigger sides than them last season. To score from a worked goal on the practise field is not luck or fantasy, but have proved to be a valuable weapon and the movement and tactical foresight of the management to work with the players like Josh in this way gives that togetherness even more impact when it turns out successfully.  

Josh certainly improved the more the season went on and he might well give the likes of Callum Wilson a real close fight for top scorer in 2016/17. Surprisingly, he has not scored yet in pre-season and yet he has looked one of the most lively of the strikers.

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1 comment:

  1. Anyone got any idea of the starting eleven against united

    It certainly appears we have competition for places...the only certainty in my book is lewis cook who looks concern is in attack where Wilson looked unfit and overweight at reading...not quite sure what other options are there..but mousse might be worth a try...

    Ake and cook at centre half's with Francis at right back...Daniels ...cook arter and surman...grade Wilson and king.....who knows