There’s one member of the Everton squad who may be praying Eddie Howe is handed the keys to Finch Farm.
With his short-term contract expiring at the beginning of July, Josh King is in danger of descending into Evertonian obscurity, his five-month Toffees career remembered for little more than the odd blink-and-you-miss-it cameo.
In 11 Premier League appearances – none of which King started – the Norway international failed to score a single goal.
But there’s one man who could save King’s Everton career. And it just so happens that, according to The Times, he’s one of the early names in the frame to take Carlo Ancelotti’s seat in the Goodison Park dugout.
Can Howe save the Everton career of Josh King?
“Josh is outstanding physically, technically and mentally. He has the complete package, a little bit of everything,” Eddie Howe told Match Of The Day in March 2019 after the forward hit a brace in Bournemouth’s 2-2 draw with Newcastle United.
“That potential is so high with him.”
Just to add another layer of intrigue, in April The Scottish Sun reported that when Howe looked a dead-cert to get the Celtic job, King had been lined up to follow him north of the border to Glasgow.
So while Howe may not be the dream appointment for the majority of Toffees supporters – especially with the likes of Erik ten Hag and serial trophy-winner Paulo Fonseca in contention too – King could be forgiven for wondering whether a reunion with his former Bournemouth boss is the shot in the arm his ailing Everton career requires.