Bournemouth star slams Howe and hints at summer move

Bournemouth attacker Josh King has slammed his manager Eddie Howe for changing his position and hinted that he may leave the South Coast club if the opportunity arises this summer.

The former Manchester United youngster enjoyed his best ever goal scoring season in the 2016/2017 campaign, finding the next 16 in the Premier league from his favoured position of central striker.

However the 26-year-old was moved to a number ’10’ position behind the main striker this season, with the Norway international only managing to score eight times from his new role.

“I don’t like to make excuses but I have to say I was surprised when I returned in pre-season and was moved into a deeper position having done so well the year before,” King explained to VG newspaper in Norway.

“I’m not happy and my manager knows that. I have talked to the boss and told him that I don’t like this role, but what is said between us stays in that room. It’s no secret that I don’t like it. I’m a striker and that’s where I’m at my best.

“People might say I’m selfish complaining when I play regularly but the numbers speak for themselves: I’m best as a striker. If you look at me as a player, I think nobody would say that I’m a No10.

“I have three years left on my contract at Bournemouth, but in football you never know. I just want to play in my best position. Why change something that worked so well, I don’t know, and maybe it’s been playing on my mind all season.”

King was heavily linked with a move to Spurs during last summers transfer window although the move never materialised.

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