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Joshua King has helped pluck Cherries from danger

Thursday 23rd March 2017
Bournemouth's campaign was on the verge of collapse having lost form, confidence, and main striker Callum Wilson. However, they have since recovered to ease any lingering relegation worries, with Joshua King playing a starring role for the south coast club.
Over a two-month period, the level of performances suddenly deteriorated, which witnessed Eddie Howe's side go winless for seven league games while gaining just two points. A knee injury sustained by Callum Wilson, along with Chelsea recalling loanee Nathan Ake, were both contributing factors to the Cherries drifting ever closer to the bottom three. Bournemouth needed to turn things around, quickly, with the main priority to find a reliable goalscorer - step forward, Joshua King. The striker had previously only scored 12 times for the club, but in recent weeks, King's started to find the net with regularity.

Since Wilson's devastating injury, which ruled him out for the season, his replacement as the focal point of the team has struck six times during the last seven contests to aid Bournemouth's resurgence. A crucial equaliser at Old Trafford earned an unexpected point for his side and in the next league encounter, King fired in a hat-trick against West Ham United. The frontman dragged Howe's men to a vital 3-2 victory over the Hammers, where he demonstrated not just efficiency in front of goal to score three times, including the last-minute winner, but also showed real resolve to redeem himself having missed an earlier penalty.

Bournemouth and their top scorer, King, who has racked up 11 Premier League goals this season in 22 starts, can now target causing further damage to their rivals over the coming months. The Cherries striker will use his dribbling skills to full effect while harassing the opposition's defence, which will ensure he's a constant threat in the attacking third. The Norway international, with seven international goals to his name, has recently illustrated his ability as a prolific goalscorer. He is also a team player, which is a feature of Howe's philosophy at the club.
Regarding the remainder of this season, Bournemouth have eased their relegation fears; after a gutsy performance to earn a draw against Manchester United, followed by victories over West Ham and Swansea City, the south coast club are now nine points above the drop zone and can aim to finish mid-table rather than face a tense battle for survival. Having found the net six times in the Premier League last campaign, King's eclipsed that over the past two months and possesses the confidence to add to his tally during the remaining nine games.

King began his footballing journey as a Man United academy graduate, where he was loaned out on four occasions before securing a permanent deal to Blackburn Rovers. It was a stuttering career during those times, but he's finally beginning to fulfil his potential. Just when circumstances were conspiring against Howe's side, their Norwegian striker came to the fore by having a major impact on reviving the team.

Although his ability has often gone unnoticed, King is proving he has the quality to deliver for the Cherries in pressurised situations. Bournemouth football club retains lofty ambitions, and those future plans should see the 25-year-old highly involved, as potentially, he can evolve into one of the leading marksmen plying their trade in the Premier League.
Danny Glendenning

Passions include reading, sport, and nights out with friends. A football fanatic whose writing career began in May 2016. Now 30 years old, lives in South Yorkshire - local team is Doncaster Rovers, although heart lies with Arsenal. Contributing editor for It's Round And It's White. Current claim to fame is an interview with Ron Atkinson. Always looking for work, either editing or writing. Contact via email: Dannysg1988@outlook.com. Or Twitter: @DannySG1988.



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