The Wolverhampton Wanderers fans in the Transfer Tavern are hoping that Nuno Espirito Santo will make a handful of key additions to his squad this summer, especially at centre-forward where they are lacking options.
Wolves certainly took the Championship by storm last season and coasted to an imperious title-victory under Santo, however, they certainly didn’t owe their success to a prolific striker. The Wanderers managed to win promotion with ease despite lacking the presence of a clinical striker all season, but they will certainly struggle to hold their own in the top-flight if they fail to bolster their attacking options this summer.
With that in mind, Wolves should make a bid to sign Bournemouth’s Joshua King this summer, as his recent comments in Norwegian media suggest he will be open to a transfer away from the club. According to Norwegian newspaper VG (via the Independent), King has expressed his displeasure at being forced to adopt a secondary striker role this season after impressing at the spearhead of Bournemouth’s attack during the 2016/17 season.
The Norway international managed to notch an impressive 16 goals from 36 appearances during that season, but he only managed 8 from 33 in his new role in the most recent campaign, so it’s easy to sympathise with his frustration.
Like all good strikers, King makes a habit of being in the right place at the right time to capitalise on any half-chances which fall before him, and the presence of a player with a genuine poachers instinct can often prove to be the difference between relegation and survival in the Premier League.
Wolves are crying out for the acquisition of a quality centre-forward, and in light of King’s comments they should certainly make an enquiry into his availability.
Although Eddie Howe will be reluctant to sell King, his recent comments suggest that the damage is done and a departure could well be on the cards, so Wolves would be foolish not to capitalise on the situation at Bournemouth this summer.
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