Rafa rates AFC Bournemouth striker Josh King and we have been interested in the striker since Rafa came to Newcastle two years ago.
And King has been interviewed today in the Norwegian press and says he is not happy at Bournemouth since he was switched last season to a more deep-lying role number 10 role by manager Eddie Howe.
The 31 times capped Norwegian International (10 goals) has told the Norwegian press via VG that he is not happy at the moment at the Cherries.
Josh King – doesn’t like playing as a number 10 for the Cherries
This is what Josh has said:
“I don’t like to make excuses but I have to say that I was surprised that I returned in pre-season and was switched to a deeper position than the one I did so well in the year before.”
“I’m not happy and my manager knows that.”
“I have talked to the boss and told him that I don’t like this role, but what is said between us stays in that room.”
“It’s not a secret that I don’t like it.” “I’m a striker and that’s where I’m at my best.”
“People might say I’m selfish complaining when I play regularly but the numbers speak for themselves.”
“I’m best as a striker. If you look at me as a player, I think nobody would say that I’m a No. 10.”
“I have three years left on my contract at Bournemouth, but in football, you never know.”
“I just want to play in my best position. Why change something that worked so well?”
“I don’t know, and maybe it’s been playing on my mind all season.”
In the season before last Josh hit 16 Premier league goals in 36 appearances but last season it was down to 8 goals in 33 appearances and that’s one thing he’s not happy about.
Rafa Benitez will bring in at least one new striker this summer and maybe he will go after Josh.
But the former Manchester United youngster would need to be more flexible at Newcastle and wouldn’t necessarily always be employed by Rafa as an out-and-out striker.
Josh is rated at around £20M and he has shown he can scores goals in the Premier League.
This is an interesting development for Newcastle.
What do you think?