Alex McLeish has urged Everton to start playing Josh King more following his move from AFC Bournemouth in the January transfer window.
The Merseyside club’s next game is against Manchester City at Goodison Park in the FA Cup on Saturday evening, but King will not be able to play as he is cup-tied having already featured in the competition for the Cherries earlier on in the 2020/21 term.
Nonetheless, McLeish has claimed that now is the time for the former Manchester United man to show what he can do for Carlo Ancelotti’s team:
“If there’s problems for Everton and he hasn’t quite got into the rhythm of the Everton way, now’s the time.
“When he signed, I thought he was a good signing. He knows his way around the Premier League, Premier League defences and the opposition boxes.
“This is the time for Josh to make the mark.
“It’s quite simple, there’s no need to elaborate on it. He should be at the peak of his powers now.
“There are sliding doors for people in every walk of life. It could be that he ignites with Everton if he gets this opportunity to be a first-team pick.”
King barely used by Everton
King, who is currently valued at £9m by Transfermarkt, has barely been used by the Toffees since his move, with just eight matches played in total over all competitions so far, and no starts (Transfermarkt).
Should King start for Everton?
The Norway international clearly has ability, with his former manager Jason Tindall describing him as a ‘real handful’ back in January, but has perhaps been the victim of Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s fine form up top.
However, given the latest injury to James Rodriguez, maybe there is a place for him to get a run in the side in the front line for the Blues, an opportunity that the 29-year-old striker would surely be looking to relish.
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