When Joshua King ventured to England back in 2008 to join Manchester United’s illustrious academy, the Red Devils had high hopes for the flying Norwegian winger – however, it would be at Blackburn where the 25 year-old really made a name for himself.

King made the switch from Manchester to Blackburn in the January transfer window of 2013 after the attacker struggled for any meaningful first team action at Old Trafford.

In his first season with the Rovers, King became an instant hit with his pace and trickery – playing in 32 league games and finding the back of the net twice.

The season would go down as a disappointment for Blackburn as they finished tantalizingly close to a play-off position – just two points behind 6th placed Brighton.

However, it would be the following season that proved the toughest for the Norwegian International as King struggled for game time and – despite netting four goals in 19 appearances – turned down a new contract at Ewood Road and sought after a transfer elsewhere.

It was also a season of mid-table mediocrity for Blackburn who, despite having the firepower of Ruby Gestede and Jordan Rhodes, would finish the league in 9th place.

The Cherries acquired the services of the forward in the summer of 2015 and would gain the first Premier League experience of his career that season.

Bournemouth made the signing of King at a similar time of announcing their kit sponsor – Mansion Group – who own several online casinos including Casino.com.

An instant hit at Dean Court, King would register six goals in his maiden top flight campaign and help Bournemouth escape relegation – with the south-coast side finishing just five points clear of the drop.

This season has proven to be the most prolific of his career by far, and his current tally of 11 goals in the league means King is joint-10th in the Premier League top scorers column.

With Blackburn languishing in the relegation zone of the second tier, it’s hard to argue against King for making the decision to leave Ewood Road and join up with Bournemouth.


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