Alex McLeish has dropped an Everton transfer claim on Josh King after the Goodison Park faithful signed him from AFC Bournemouth on Deadline Day.
Speaking to Football Insider, the former Rangers and Aston Villa manager has claimed that the Norway international could well turn out to be a shrewd signing by the Merseyside club:
“I’ve got a feeling – and don’t pull me up in a couple of weeks if it doesn’t work – but I’ve got a feeling it could be a shrewd signing, that one.
“He’s a guy that knows his way about penalty boxes, he’s got international experience and I really think that was an intelligent signing.
“He should have the mentality where he’s not going to be fazed, he’s playing in the top league in the world, that’s first and foremost, he’s an international star so he shouldn’t be fazed.
“The only thing that can stop him from getting that move is if he goes in and gives tepid performances. We know what he’s capable of and if ever there was a time for Josh to hit the ground running, it’s now.
“His ex-teammate (Callum Wilson) has done really well at Newcastle United so he’s got to follow in those kind of footsteps.”
King a shrewd signing for Everton
There is no doubt that the signing of King was a shrewd bit of business by Carlo Ancelotti’s team. Capturing his services on Deadline Day, it was a move that needed to be done and quickly.
The Toffees were crying out for a back-up striker to Dominic Calvert-Lewin following the loan exits of Moise Kean, Cenk Tosun and Ellis Simms, leaving them very light up top.
Should King start for Everton?
The 29-year-old had previous pedigree in the Premier League playing for the Cherries, with no fewer than 48 goals scored in 161 games in total over five consecutive terms in the English top-flight (Transfermarkt).
As McLeish rightfully points out as well, King is well-represented at international level too, with 17 senior strikes in 51 matches in all competitions (Transfermarkt).
With his added experience, the forward can be a valuable asset for the Blues from now until the end of the 2020/21 season, especially if Calvert-Lewin were to find himself injured or misfiring in front of goal for a long period of time.
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