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King In Team Of The Week (1/5/17



Bournemouth are represented in the latest Premier League team of the week that has been selected by BBC pundit Garth Crooks.

Actually Garth is now down as a 'Football Analyst' these days, a posh term for a pundit then!

The performance by Joshua King in the one nil victory over Sunderland at the weekend at the Stadium of Light was enough to earn them a place in the side alongside the other, in the opinion of the former Spurs striker anyway, most impressive performers in the topflight over the latest weekend.

I think we'll already know ourselves, and not just based on the latest performance, why Crooks, we'll also not argue with it, selected King as part of his team but explaining his choice he told the BBC.

Back-to-back victories for Bournemouth mean they should stay up and Sunderland go down. In all honesty, Joshua King's goal - his 15th in the league this year - put Sunderland fans out of their misery.

'King's performance was a first-class representation of what Eddie Howe has given so many of his players over the years and that is an unwavering belief they can perform in the Premier League. King's attempt to chip Sunderland keeper Jordan Pickford was as audacious as it was brilliant and it signified his Premier League development under the tutelage of Howe. On the other hand, the Black Cats have, for some considerable time, been suffering and the decent thing to do was to end their pain. If you have ever been relegated from top-flight football - and I have - it has the most sobering effect imaginable on a professional footballer. The status and credibility are gone in a blow of a whistle and you are seen differently by those who once adored you. So who would want it? Nevertheless, this is what Sunderland and David Moyes are going to have to live with and the only thing that can alleviate their pain is an immediate return to the Premier league. I have been critical of Moyes in the past and find his style of management uninspiring, but I think he has the ability to get Sunderland back in the big time. I hope this marvellous club with amazing support return to the Premier League soon. It's a proper football city with a great football history.'

It's always good to see the club represented in this way, and well played to King for his recognition, but the most important thing about the weekend was of course the points.

Full Team:

Eldin Jakupovic (Hull City), Victor Moses (Chelsea), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Harry Maguire (Hull City), Stephen Ward (Burnley), Gylfi Sigurdsson (Swansea City), Christian Eriksen (Tottenham Hotspur), Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur), Joshua King (Bournemouth), Jamie Vardy (Leicester City), Pedro (Chelsea).

Culled from vitalfootball.co.uk






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