Bournemouth

TT Battle: Joshua King vs Ayoze Perez

When Bournemouth take on Newcastle United this Saturday, most of the spotlight from the Cherries’ perspective will be on Callum Wilson.

The Bournemouth No.9 has been in fine form this season and will undoubtedly be the man the visitors will have to look out for on the day.

However, as well as Wilson, Joshua King has also proven to be a goal threat, one who is very underappreciated one might add.

As for Newcastle, like King, Ayoze Perez is also a name who can go under the radar, especially at a time where Salomon Rondon is scoring.

Considering all of that, how do the two supporting cast members compare ahead of Saturday?

Joshua King

Since joining Bournemouth back in 2015, King has quickly started to develop into more of a goalscorer with his 2016/17 Premier League campaign epitomising that.

The 27-year-old scored 16 goals that term, carrying the team’s goal-scoring responsibilities in the absence of the injured Wilson.

With that being said, King is not an out-and-out focal point like his English team-mate, but instead a player who thrives playing besides or off another forward.

Still, that has not stopped the Norway international from leading the line well by himself when called upon.

Interest from Tottenham has been mentioned in the past (Telegraph), but Bournemouth have managed to keep hold of King and must ensure that does not change.

TT Grade: B+

Ayoze Perez

Similarly to King, Perez’s best position is probably as a second striker. However, the Spaniard remains extremely versatile, which has helped him to become a favourite under Rafael Benitez.

On top of playing in that second striker role, Perez can also start out wide on the right, as an attacking midfielder or as a more natural No.9, and Benitez has not been afraid to make use of that.

In terms of what he can do with the ball, Perez can finish well in the box. Meanwhile, off it, his movement is good with the 25-year-old having the pace to go with his intelligent runs.

The above is perhaps not something Newcastle supporters see enough of from Perez. In general, the ex-Tenerife player does not offer a lot when his team are not playing well.

Nevertheless, he is still a very important player for Benitez and easily one of the better signings the Magpies have made in recent years.

TT Grade: B-

TT Verdict:

Most of the attention will be on Wilson and Rondon when Bournemouth and Newcastle take to the Vitality Stadium pitch.

But In King and Perez, both sides also have two alternative dangers who have the potential to be match-winners.

In this moment of time, though, the former, said to give Bournemouth a “different dimension” by his manager Eddie Howe (Bournemouth Echo), just edges his Newcastle counterpart with Perez slightly less deadly in front of goal.

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