Thursday, 8 November 2018

Who makes room for King to return?

The ankle injury to Josh King has been keeping the Bournemouth striker out for a couple of weeks now and he has said to the Norwegian press that he could be 50:50 as to whether he plays this weekend. The competition for places is going to be high if King feels he is able to play, and it could change Eddie Howe's thinking on what formation he plays and who should make way if King can start.
Does King need to start against Newcastle United?
The goals were flowing against Fulham without Josh King, but Wilson was the only Bournemouth player to score at home against Manchester United. The movement was good among the front players in the last match and there could well have been more goals with a bit more care taken over the finishing. 

Josh King has himself scored most of his goals from the penalty spot. So finishing moves in open play is something that Eddie Howe may feel could be better, despite the high goal count this season. The manager will have to go with his gut feeling in my mind as to whether he starts with Stanislas or King. There is a rest after this match and an international break and it may be in Bournemouth's interests not to play King and hold him back or at least put him on the bench. But there's no guarantee of King not picking up another injury if he goes away with Norway on international duty.



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I still feel that King and Wilson is Howe's preferred choice to start games, when they are both available, and Fraser and Brooks are playing to well to consider leaving them out of the starting 11. So whether it is Stanislas or King that start against Newcastle, it is likely that neither will play the full 90 minutes in my mind.

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