Ancelotti provides timeline for Everton decision on Celtic-linked Josh King

By David Walton

May 4, 2021

Carlo Ancelotti has addressed the Everton future of Celtic-linked Josh King.

King was linked with Celtic back at the beginning of April. It was said by the Scottish Sun that Eddie Howe was eyeing him up as a replacement for Odsonne Edouard. Granted, Howe has still to officially be announced as the new Hoops boss despite speculation being rife.

King, meanwhile, has struggled after signing a short-term deal with the Toffees back in January. He’s only made 10 cameo appearances for the club, and plays behind the likes of Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Richarlison in the Everton pecking order.

Everton boss Ancelotti has been asked about the future of King and a potential new deal. However, as quoted by the Liverpool Echo, all contract decisions will be made at the end of the season:

“I think at the end of the season we are going to talk about if he can stay, if he can have a new contract with us or not. We have to take a decision at the end of the season.

“In the last few weeks he had a small problem on his back and so was not available to train properly. He was back today after two days off, but his condition is quite good.

“He didn’t have a possibility to play a lot for my technical decision, because there we have a lot of options. He played some part of the games and was good, I have to say. In training he’s absolutely ok, really serious and really professional.”

Everton striker Josh King would need to take massive wage cut to join Celtic

King looks the ideal fit for Celtic’s Edouard replacement. He’s strong, has fine pedigree, and has a burst of pace to go with it. He also worked with Howe at Bournemouth where he managed a superb 72 direct goal contributions in 184 appearances [Transfermarkt]. It’s fair to say the best spell of his career came under the potential next Celtic manager.

However, the massive stumbling block here would be the player’s wages. Whilst King would be available on a free transfer, you can’t discount how much he would demand. According to the Sun, he’s on £45k-per-week with Everton. Celtic obviously couldn’t go anywhere near those figures.

In fact, the truth is that the Hoops would need him to potentially drop over half of his wages to make that doable. Even with Howe at the helm, it feels as though that would be almost impossible.

Eddie Howe and Joshua King (Photo by AFC Bournemouth/AFC Bournemouth via Getty Images)

All it takes is for a rival Premier League side to be interested in King’s services. If that’s the case, he may get wages close to what he’s getting on Merseyside. And that’s even if Everton make the decision to let him go this summer, albeit it does look likely.

For King it would be a personal decision regarding what he valued more. Money or ambition? Does he want to make as much money out of the game as possible? Or does he want to be a player who can count his medals instead? That is, after all, what players are in football to do – not even taking into consideration the European X-Factor that Celtic have.

We’ll see what happens here. A lot of things need to fall into place for this deal to be a goer. But we can always dream eh?

In other news, we discuss why Celtic may need to keep hold of a Lennon signing whose time is clearly up.