Ancelotti reveals Everton signed King for his pace and ‘not for scoring goals’

Carlo Ancelotti has revealed Everton have signed Josh King for his pace and quality and says the forward’s arrival is not solely designed to increase his side’s goal threat.

Everton secured the deadline day signing of the Bournemouth striker for a nominal fee, with King having been continually linked with a return to the Premier League since the Cherries’ relegation last season.

The Norway international will add depth to Everton’s attacking options and is comfortable playing in a variety of positions across the forward line, though the 29-year-old has struggled this season and has failed to score in 12 Championship appearances.

Ancelotti is unconcerned by King’s goal record this season, however, and says the deadline day arrival offers more than just goals with his speed and power.

“No. We didn’t sign him to score more goals, we signed him to use his quality,” Ancelotti told his pre-match press conference ahead of tomorrow’s trip to face Leeds.

”He is a powerful player, a fast player, so it was for this reason, not for scoring more goals. We signed him to have more options in front.

“Of course we need goals, but we have players that can score goals.”

Ancelotti insists the player has been on the club’s radar for some time and says the Toffees had considered a move for King during the summer, the forward having now arrived on a short-term deal until the end of the season following the decisions to allow Anthony Gordon and Cenk Tosun to leave on loan.

“We were also looking at him in the summer, and he has quality to improve our squad in front,” said the Italian.

“He has Premier League experience and we are happy to have him in the squad.”

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