By Matt Farr
Former Tottenham manager Tim Sherwood has urged the club to sign Bournemouth striker Joshua King this summer.
The 25-year-old has been heavily linked with a move to the London club this summer after a brilliant goalscoring season for Bournemouth during the 2016-17 campaign.
King scored 16 goals from 36 appearances in the Premier League, despite having just three goals to his name at the start of 2017.
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino, meanwhile, is after attacking reinforcements this summer, and Sherwood believes King would be the ‘perfect’ new addition.
Harry Kane, who netted 35 goals in all competitions last season, is Tottenham’s premier goalscoring option, but Pochettino is lacking in terms of reliable backup.
Speaking to TalkSport, Sherwood said: “I think they need a centre-forward, but it is really important they get the right one.
“They can’t buy one who expects to be the first choice because Harry will obviously be first choice. For me, it would be the one at Bournemouth. I think Josh King has got loads to offer.
“He runs in behind, he holds it up, he is strong, he is still developing and he would be a perfect player for the Tottenham squad. And he would get plenty of games – they are in the Champions League this year as well.”
A Manchester United youth player, King’s meteoric rise last term is a stark contrast to his early days, where he failed to make the cut at Old Trafford.
The 28-time Norway international made only two first-team appearances for United between his arrival 2008 and his departure in 2013.
But despite landing on his feet with Blackburn, he still struggled for goals, netting only eight times from his 72 appearances in all competitions for the club.
His fine form for Bournemouth, however, has seen King emerge as a strong candidate to take up a deputy striker role at Champions League competitors Tottenham ahead of next season.
The Mirror had claimed last month that King could fetch a fee of around £15million this summer.
Football Insider verdict
Tottenham did not exactly struggle for goals last season, but they do need more options up their sleeve. But Sherwood is also right to make the point that Tottenham must not pursue a new striker that is after key player status. While a move for a player like Alexandre Lacazette, who is a prolific goalscorer at the top level, could make them a top-class side, he would need to be playing regularly week-in, week-out – and that would be a struggle given the form and presence of Kane. But with King, Tottenham could be the ideal next step. He’s proven he can supply the goods in the Premier League for a smaller side, and he deserves another shot at life at one of the big boys.
In other Tottenham transfer news, in the latest betting update the club are clear favourites to sign this £30million international.