Last season, Joshua King really emerged as one of the club’s most important players after netting 16 goals in an excellent campaign.
The Norwegian began his career with his local club Romsas, before switching to Valerenga when he was 15.
Manchester United had kept tabs on him and after impressing in the Nike Premier Cup – a global youth tournament ran by United – he signed for the Red Devils after fending off interest from Chelsea.
In the 2009/10 season, King has impressed and was trusted by Sir Alex Ferguson for his United debut in a League Cup tie against Wolves, coming on for good friend Danny Welbeck.
He then spent had loan spells with Preston North End, Borussia Monchengladbach and Hull City, before returning to United to make his Champions League debut against Galatasary.
In search of first team football, King joined Blackburn Rovers on loan in 2012, before the move was made permanent shortly after.
Competing with Jordan Rhodes for a striking berth, King regularly played out wide for Rovers and arguably his highlight came against Premier League Stoke City, who he scored a hat-trick against in a memorable FA Cup tie.
King then moved south to join the Cherries in 2015 before the club’s first ever season in the Premier League. His first Premier League goal came against Swansea City in a 2-2 draw at the Liberty Stadium, before scoring a memorable winner against his former club United in Bournemouth’s 2-1 win in December 2015.
Further goals followed as he played a leading role in keeping the Cherries in the top flight, before going on to enjoy more improvements last season.
King went on a sensational scoring run in 2017 which helped Eddie Howe’s men on their way to a record finish, with his scoring streak seeing him net 13 goals in 2017, with 12 of those coming in just 14 games.
This included his first ever Premier League hat-trick in a dramatic turnaround against West Ham United, when he became the third ever Norwegian to score a Premier League treble.
His impressive rise has gone side by side with his international career, as he has become one of Norway’s top stars in his 27 caps so far for his country.
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