Transfer Focus: King yet to prove he’s the answer to Spurs’ striker conundrum

According to reports from Mirror Football, Tottenham Hotspur are eyeing Bournemouth’s Joshua King as a potential summer recruit at White Hart Lane.

What’s the word?

After netting just nine times during his first 49 Premier League appearances – and indeed, just 20 times during his first 160 outings at senior level, King’s prodigious ability has finally exploded into life, producing the level of form once heralded him as a Manchester United youngster to bag twelve Premier League goals since the turn of 2017, moving himself to joint-eighth in the division’s scoring charts alongside Chelsea’s Eden Hazard.

Eddie Howe recently admitted the uplift in the 25-year-old’s goal tally will inevitably attract interest ahead of the summer and perhaps as a consequence, Mirror Football have linked him with the Lilywhites, who would certainly benefit from a few more options up front next season, by claiming he’s on their ‘summer transfer shortlist’.

Would he fit in at Spurs?

Bournemouth may seem a little more fanciful in style but there’s actually quite a few similarities between the Cherries and Pochettino’s Spurs side; both try to play attacking football at a high tempo, both utilise bombing-forward full-backs and both have a strong core of English talent. They’re also arguably the most hard-working sides in the league – the only real difference is that Bournemouth’s efforts become unhinged by a rather suspect defence and limited quality going forward.

Likewise, there’s no doubt Tottenham need another striker to support Harry Kane. The England international went without an understudy for the entirety of last season, whilst summer signing Vincent Janssen’s struggled to convince since arriving from the Eredivisie last summer. As a versatile forward, King would be able to fill Kane’s void when injured, but also take up one of the dual No.10 positions in Pochettino’s occasional 3-4-3 setup should the situation call for it.

Is he the real deal?

13 goals in his last 17 appearances speaks for itself, but the 5 foot 11 attacker could prove to be a bit of a red herring for the north Londoners. After all, as previously mentioned, this has been the most potent period of the 27-cap Norway international’s career by quite some distance and before moving to the Vitality Stadium in summer 2015, his best haul for a single campaign was just four goals – which came at Championship level with Blackburn Rovers.

There has been a notable progression in King’s tallies – he’s actually near enough doubled them for each of the last four seasons. But the real question is whether this current run is simply a flash in the pan or the former Red Devils youngster truly coming of age. Considering there’s still three years to run on his Bournemouth contract, meaning they’re under no true obligation to sell this summer, it might cost Spurs a little too much to find out.

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