Jason Tindall is hoping Bournemouth attacker Josh King will return with “fire in his belly” rather than sulking after a dream move to Manchester United failed to materialise.
The Norway international has made just one appearance for the Cherries to date this season. He was linked with a series of big-name suitors during the summer after United had tried to sign him in January.
He was also linked with the likes of Everton and Tottenham in this window. Reports also suggested he could be targeted by sides in Serie A.
As it happened though, no transfer materialised and King remains on the south coast.
With the summer transfer window now closed, Tindall has urged King to concentrate on proving his worth all over again.
He’s even suggested King could come into the reckoning ahead of Wednesday night’s trip to Cardiff.
The manager told the club’s official website: “Once the window shuts, I think you can either be disappointed, sulk and handle it in that way.
Or you can come back with motivation, fire in your belly to go and do well. [You need to] prove to everyone what a good footballer you are.
“That’s certainly where Josh is. We had a good chat yesterday, he knows he’s here. He’s itching to show everyone what a good player he is and to score goals in the Championship.”
Cherries look to close the gap
Unbeaten Bournemouth went into the midweek round of fixtures sitting third in the table. They are two points behind early pace-setters Bristol City and Reading. But the Welsh side will be a threat after last season’s play-off disappointment.
The Bluebirds won 1-0 at Preston on Sunday, but are still looking for a first home victory of the campaign.
Watford came down from the Premier League with the Cherries at the end of last season. The Hornets are a point worse off after 1-0 wins over Luton and Derby either side of defeat at Reading.