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Joshua King

Date of birth:
15th January 1992
Date signed:
1st July 2015
Bournemouth V Aston Villa
Previous clubs:
Manchester United, Blackburn

Striker Joshua King has made a significant contribution since joining AFC Bournemouth ahead of their first season in the Premier League. 

In the club's five seasons in the top flight between 2015 and 2020, King led the scoring charts with 48 goals.

He was also the second highest appearance-maker in the Premier League, playing 161 times, seven behind Steve Cook.

The Norwegian international 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 run by United – he signed for the Red Devils after fending off interest from Chelsea.

In the 2009/10 season, King 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 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.

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 following the club's promotion from the Championship.

His first Premier League goal came against Swansea City in a 2-2 draw at the Liberty Stadium before he scored a memorable winner against his former club United in AFC Bournemouth’s 2-1 victory 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 the next 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 Premier League hat-trick in a dramatic turnaround against West Ham United, while in 2017/18 crucial strikes against Stoke City, Watford and in the last minute against Crystal Palace were among his eight goals across the campaign.

King enjoyed another productive campaign in 2018/19, netting 12 times in 35 Premier League appearances.

He scored six goals in 26 appearances in 2019/20 as the club's five-year stay in the Premier League came to an end.

On the international scene, King has become one of Norway’s leading performers, both in terms of goals and appearances.

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