Could former Tottenham target Josh King kick-start his season against them?

Joshua King of AFC Bournemouth scores his sides first goal during the Premier League match between Everton and AFC Bournemouth at Goodison Park on September 23, 2017 in Liverpool, England.

The Bournemouth player was linked to Tottenham Hotspur over the summer.

Joshua King of AFC Bournemouth in action during the Premier League match between AFC Bournemouth and Leicester City at Vitality Stadium on September 30, 2017 in Bournemouth, England.

As reported by the Telegraph earlier this year, Tottenham Hotspur were considering a move for Bournemouth's Josh King to strengthen their attacking options, so could the one-time target come back to haunt Spurs this weekend?

At first glance, Tottenham supporters will be pleased with Mauricio Pochettino's decision to ignore King and instead bring Fernando Llorente to North London as back-up for Harry Kane. After all, the Spaniard is far more experienced and has the ability to score both domestically and in Europe while also offering Spurs an effective plan B.

Joshua King of AFC Bournemouth scores his sides first goal during the Premier League match between Everton and AFC Bournemouth at Goodison Park on September 23, 2017 in Liverpool, England.

Then there is the fact that King, who scored 16 Premier League goals last season, has only found the net once in seven league matches this time round. But despite the 25-year-old's disappointing recent return, Tottenham would be foolish to underestimate his potential impact when the two sides meet on Saturday.

Pochettino's side have impressed with their defensive work this season, but the international break could force a change or two, if only due to the huge distances some players - including Davinson Sanchez - have had to travel.

Joshua King of AFC Bournemouth takes on Shane Duffy and Dale Stephens of Brighton and Hove Albion during the Premier League match between AFC Bournemouth and Brighton and Hove Albion at...

If there is any uncertainty in Tottenham's back line, King has the talent to exploit it and, even if Spurs hold firm for the vast majority of the game, the Norwegian forward has the innate ability to create something out of nothing.

On reflection, Tottenham were probably right to go for Llorente rather than King, and the latter will be happy to be playing week in, week out rather than having to make do with cameos off the bench. But do not be surprised if opts to put in his best dis play of the season so far against a side whose head he turned last time out.

 

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