Ancelotti explains King signing, setting record straight on striker’s best traits

Date published: Tuesday 2nd February 2021 2:17 - Jonny Whitfield

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Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti believes his squad is “quite complete” after the deadline-day signing of Bournemouth forward Joshua King.

The 29-year-old Norway international, whose contract would have expired in the summer, has signed a short-term deal.

Indeed, the Toffees nipped in to beat Fulham to the player on Monday evening. What’s more, his acquisition adds much-needed pace to the forward line.

King has not scored in the league since, coincidentally, against Everton. That strike came on the final day of last season when Bournemouth suffered relegation.

Meanwhile, his three goals this campaign have all come in the FA Cup. However, Ancelotti has stressed that the striker can offer much more if his goals have dried up in recent months.

“We didn’t sign him to have more goals, we signed him to use his quality. He is a powerful, fast player – for this reason, not to score more goals,” the Italian manager said.

“We signed him to have more options in front so with him we have more options.

“I’m not talking about goals. Of course we need goals but we have players who can score goals.”

Ancelotti added: “I think Josh King is a really good profile for us. We were looking at him in the summer and we had a possibility to have him.

“I think with his quality he will improve our squad as he can cover all the positions up front and has experience in the Premier League. I am happy to have him in the squad.

“The squad is quite complete in this moment. I am satisfied with the squad we have at this moment.”

Ancelotti update on European ambitions

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King’s arrival may have come too late, however, to help achieve Ancelotti’s dream of qualifying for the Champions League.

A week ago he said that matches against Leicester and Newcastle would show whether those ambitions were realistic.

However, just one point from both – including a morale-destroying home defeat to the out-of-form Magpies – appears to have scuppered their chances.

“Now it is beyond Everton, it still remains a dream for us,” he said.

“I think after the game against Leicester gave us an answer, the game against Newcastle gave us another answer. To fight for fourth position, we have to improve.

“The position in the table is not bad. We want to be there until the end of the season, to fight for a position in Europe.

“Without spirit we cannot fight for the position in Europe.”

Everton will be without Jordan Pickford for Wednesday’s clash with Leeds. The England goalkeeper has a rib injury.

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