Burnley are reportedly among several clubs showing an interest in signing Bournemouth attacker Joshua King in the summer transfer window.
According to The Telegraph, a fee of between £10m and £15m could be enough to seal the deal, with the Vitality Stadium outfit unlikely to secure a new deal for the 28-year-old following their relegation from the Premier League.
King still had a productive season for Bournemouth despite his team’s top-flight demise, netting six goals and providing four assists in 2,050 minutes of game-time, averaging a goal every 341.67 minutes and one assist per 512.5 minutes.
The Norwegian showed his versatility by frequently alternating between centre-forward, second striker and left winger roles, while also having a couple of appearances on the right flank (as per TransferMarkt).
Would Joshua King be a good signing for Burnley?
With Sean Dyche rigidly sticking to a 4-4-2 system at Burnley and the Clarets boasting potent centre-forwards in Chris Wood and Jay Rodriguez, it seems likeliest that King would be deployed on the left flank if he were to end up at Turf Moor – which would put him in competition with Dwight McNeil for a starting berth.
The Clarets winger provided more assists (six) than the Bournemouth man in 2019/20 but only found the net twice. Also, with the 20-year-old playing 3,445 minutes, his assists ratio works out at one every 574.16 minutes, which is inferior to King’s average.
However, McNeil has the edge on the 28-year-old for other important metrics, such as key passes per game (1.4 to 1.2), average passes per game (27.1 to 19.2), passing accuracy (79.1% to 72.3%), successful crosses per game (1.8 to 0.2) and shots per game (1.3 to 1.2).
All things considered, King might not automatically displace McNeil if he were to swap Bournemouth for Burnley, although there could be strong competition between the two if the transfer comes off.
That would give Dyche a pleasant selection headache for the left flank while also potentially prompting a spark in McNeil with the addition of some healthy competition for his place in the team.
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