Bournemouth fans have reacted after media claims that a swap deal is in the offing, with Matt Ritchie (plus cash) returning to Dean Court, with Norwegian striker Josh King heading in the opposite direction.
Newcastle have been linked with the 26 year old striker a number of times, the last time being in April after Premier League safety was assured. Newspapers claiming that King was Rafa’s number one striker target.
Moving from Manchester United to Blackburn for £1m in 2013, he then moved on a free to Bournemouth in summer 2015.
Bought as a wide player, it was the following (2016/17) season when Josh King made headlines, thanks to injury he got a chance playing through the middle and scored 16 goals from 31 Premier League starts (5 as a sub).
However, last season he was moved back out wide and in 27 starts (and 6 sub appearances) he scored eight goals, not bad for somebody not playing as the main striker. King was claimed to not be happy having to move out wide to accommodate the likes of Wilson and Defoe through the middle, so you could see the potential for him maybe seeking a move to ensure playing as a centre-forward.
Interesting reading the comments from Bournemouth fans below.
Two things become abundantly clear….Josh King is clearly a big favourite, whilst most of them are also still bitter that Matt Ritchie left!
If there is any grain of truth in the transfer swap story, then one big positive is how highly the Bournemouth fans rate the striker.
Reaction from Cherries fans after the Bournemouth Echo covered the swap deal story:
‘NO NO NO NO NO!’
‘Keep King, he is our best striker.’
‘Newcastle fans don’t want to swap as they think Ritchie is good…
He’s no premier league player, look at his stats, they were only good in the championship.
I feel sorry for king as he’s our best striker but isn’t played right, which might cause is to lose him so please Eddie listen to king and the fans (I’ll swap Ritchie for Defoe though).’
‘Every club is after a striker, Matt hasn’t scored many goals at Newcastle, plus he is a money grabber so Eddie wouldn’t have that.’
‘I would not want Rich Tea returning on this basis, a great player for us BUT Josh is more important and I would not blame him for being unhappy – last season he did not get a fair crack , when Callum was injured the season before he certainly kept us up and looked the business, how about a (Ritchie) swap for Callum?’
‘Ritchie was certainly unhappy during his last few matches with us, whilst we will never be told the truth , it looks like there was little loyalty left and a breakdown of his relationship with EH, do not think us fans would take him back with any relish.’
‘Definitely keep King,’
‘Not too excited by this swap deal personally.’
‘Wish it were true …we have never adequately replaced Ritchie with his deadly dead ball delivery, or his crosses, or his goals and sharpness generally.
King was terrific the season before last but this last one seemed to drag heavily for him when he was back, missing far more than scoring.
I wouldn’t kick King out without a healthy profit but would love Ritchie back. He made Dean Court come alive, and might revive Callum Wilson.’
‘No chance josh is are best forward.’
‘MR is a lovely player and a seasoned veteran of AFCB – he went because we wouldn’t pay his wages – whilst Newcastle were happy to pay the man the going rate.
I would love his return but not at the expense of any core team player.
He worked tirelessly and covered most of the pitch when playing, never got the MOMs he deserved or some fans’ affection. A complete professional.
Buy him back Eddie – in addition to, not instead of any players that we have on our first team book.
He is a hugely responsible player, that could compete with a first team place and NOT expect a ‘given’ so why not bring him back? We lost pace and forward running when he went. Of course he might not have that pace these days? I think he has and would want to prove something in the EPL, he is forever hungry and never lazy.
JK needs to stay so give him THE pay rise and push him up front! Give CW something to compete for, his wage demands – if true – are staggering (If he is worth £60k per week then JK is worth the same plus a bit!).’
‘Defo don’t want Richie back – would be a backward step.
And I don’t want King to go.’
‘Only for the sake of the argument let’s just suppose that Josh is unsettled and wants to leave and go to Newcastle (however dull and uninteresting that place can be)?
That EH realise that AFCB has lost the man? Then maybe this story could be true? Eddie can replace the outgoing pace of JK with MR’s return plus a lump sum? But that’s fantasy football right?’
‘We need to start playing him in the position he suits best, as an out and out striker, wilson is nowhere near as good the as king is, as was proved last season.
I fear if king wants to play the main striker role then he will have to leave, which maybe where this story has come from. I don’t think we can afford to lose him, if we’re going to start wilson up front next season, which I fear.’
‘Oh dear only negatives in this transfer window & this is the worst yet!
Must keep Josh, Ritchie wanted to leave us,so why on earth would he come back,sorry If Josh isn’t happy he should start every game,he was more likely to score than Callum last season……no none of this article is good for us moving forward….and still no defenders!
‘I do not think we can will match Ritchie’s wages anyway. He left us to treble his wages. It was stated that he is on 57k a week at Newcastle. So this is unlikely to occur.’