Bournemouth Striker Joshua King is the latest of a long line of strikers to be reportedly linked to Manchester United this summer. Mirror Sport are reporting Manchester United, along with 3 other clubs are interested in the Norwegians services. Odion Ighalo’s long term future at Old Trafford is in doubt with Solskjaer reluctant to pay a fee for the 30-year-old. Is Joshua King a viable replacement for Ighalo?
Since being sold by Manchester United to Blackburn in 2012, King’s been able to make a success of himself in Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth side. Josh King has scored 48 goals and chipped in with 15 assists in 163 Appearances while donning Bournemouth’s Red and Black. There is no doubt that his 5″11 physical frame and quick touches of the ball has proved effective in the Premier League.
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Josh King wants to join United and is ready to travel to Manchester if an agreement can be reached[@David Ornstein, The Athletic] He would be a decent option to fill in as a number 9 while we have injuries to be honest! What do you think, would you take him????? ??????
The 28-Year-Old was linked to a move to Manchester United heavily in January, hours prior to Ighalo signing. A deal for King made some sense, he’d worked under Solskjaer before, alongside players like Lingard and Pogba in the youth team. However, a deal wasn’t meant to be due to an unwillingness from Bournemouth to sell a key player mid-season.
Instead, of engaging in a late fight to prize King from the Cherries’ firm grasp, Manchester United opted for a move for Odion Ighalo who has now quickly made himself a fan favourite. His Love For Manchester United was there to see;
“It’s a dream come true because since I was a kid, I’ve always dreamed about Manchester United. But this is a reality now, so I can’t say much till I get started” Quotes from Sky Sports just minutes after the Nigerian landed in Manchester.
As well as his love for Manchester United, Ighalo’s performances as a seasoned centre-forward has also earned him great credit. In 318 minutes as a Red, Ighalo has scored 4 goals and assisted 1, including a goal of the season contender against LASK Linz.
Ighalo may not be Manchester United’s future, however he has shown that he is of great use to us. With Covid-19 having a grave effect on football’s economy, a big name striker that fits Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s plans is out of the question. Especially as priority positions lie elsewhere.
If we are going to spend significant funds on a striker, it has to be for the likes of Timo Werner, Josh King is just not the levels of what we should be spending money on. I would rather agree an extended loan with Shanghai for Ighalo.
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