More Eddie Howe to Celtic content? Oh, you bet.
Former Leeds, Coventry and Aberdeen striker Noel Whelan has suggested that Everton striker Joshua King may be on his way to Celtic under Eddie Howe.
King, who came through Manchester United’s academy, made 184 appearances for Bournemouth, scoring 53 goals as the Cherries defied the odds [Transfermarkt]. Since moving to Carlo Ancelotti’s Toffees side, though, he’s only made 8 appearances.
It hasn’t gone well for the 29-year-old on Merseyside. A second-striker, who likes to break lines and assist as much as score, King is valued at £9m. That might be a little steep for Celtic, regardless of the transfer budget Howe may receive in the summer.
Whelan told Football Insider:
“You look to Ancelotti, you look to a lot of managers – they bring in their own.
“It’s no different to Jose Mourinho and Reguilon from Real Madrid. He has seen him, seen him work, he knows what he’s getting. That’ll be know different for Eddie Howe. We know Josh King’s available.
“Everton aren’t taking that on. He would be fantastic for the Scottish game and Celtic. Maybe he’ll delve into the market for that one, he knows what’s happening in the summertime. The two of them know each other very well.
“It wouldn’t surprise me if he delves into the market and takes people that he knows and trusts.
“That’s what managers generally do, using their own contacts and the relationships they have with players. That would only be a positive for Celtic.”
Brendan Rodgers proved trusted names could be successful; Eddie Howe could rely on same tactic at Celtic
Remember Scott Sinclair? Of course you do. He was Brendan Rodgers’ marquee signing upon arriving at Celtic. 62 goals, 34 assists, 167 appearances and countless moments of magic. Sinclair had worked under Rodgers at Swansea City, and the link-up was a natural one.
So, Whelan is actually right to make this connection. Howe will no doubt value having trusted commandants should he take the Celtic job.
King isn’t exactly prolific, but he is effective. Hitting what should be his prime, he’d perhaps not be the 20, 30 goal a striker to replace Odsonne Edouard. What he would bring, though, is club and international experience, a trusted dressing room figure for an excellent manager and attacking nous that younger players could learn from.
The sticking point is the price, though. If Howe were to go for it, it seems it’s more likely that a loan deal from Everton would be the way forward. It’s unrealistic to expect Celtic to spend the best part of 8 figures on a 29-year-old who’s barely kicked a ball over 20-21.
In summary; aye. We can see it. Price and willingness are the main sticking points, but there’s a solid rationale behind this.
Good work, everyone.