Shock move on cards with Ancelotti unimpressed by recent Everton recruit

Date published: Tuesday 16th March 2021 2:17 - James Marshment

Carlo Ancelotti, Everton boss frustrated

Joshua King reportedly looks destined to see see his stay at Everton brought to a rapid halt this summer with Carlo Ancelotti seemingly unwilling to extend his deal.

The 29-year-old moved to Merseyside from Bournemouth on deadline day, choosing the Toffees over Fulham.

Signing on an initial six-month loan, King has the opportunity to land a long-term deal should he impress.

However, in eight outings for the Toffees so far, King is yet to rediscover the form that saw him targeted by Manchester United.

The Norway attacker was signed initially as cover for Richarlison and Dominic Calvert-Lewin. But having stepped off the bench eight times, King is yet to earn a start. He’s also yet to score for the Toffees and doesn’t have an assist to his name.

Indeed, having only scored three FA Cup goals for Bournemouth this season prior to his move, King is now without a league goal since July.

As such, having failed to impress Ancelotti, King looks likely to become a free agent again this summer.

Despite failing to catch the eye at Everton, King is unlikely to be short of suitors.

Indeed, Turkish paper Sabah states that Fenerbahce are watching his situation closely. They claim Fener have already ‘started the transfer studies’ for the summer and are ready to make their move for King.

Furthermore, they claim they are already in contact with his representatives having expressed an interest last summer. While no move came about, they are said to have maintained contact.

While nothing has been confirmed from either party, Sport Witness claim the deal is ‘one to keep an eye on’.


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King names top attributes

For King, however, a move away may well be in his best interests.

Ancelotti has come to rely on Calvert-Lewin, Richarlison and James Rodriguez as his attacking axis. That’s left King kicking his heels on the sidelines.

Joshua King, Kalvin Phillips

It’s a shame for the player though who certainly promised big things upon his arrival at Goodison Park.

“I am quick and powerful and strong and good at driving with the ball and known in the Premier League for having decent goalscoring statistics,” he said.

“I was thrilled getting my debut and just have to work hard and learn a lot.

“I’m able to play in any of the front three positions and that helps the depth of the squad.

“I think I can improve as a player and I want to help the team in whatever way the manager sees fit.”

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