Date: 16th February 2015 at 4:24pm
Written by:

Josh King didn’t “make the grade” at Manchester United but he showed against Stoke City why he was a youngster with them, and why Queens Park Rangers (according to speculation) might have been interested on Transfer Deadline Day.

King’s shown what he can do for Blackburn Rovers at times, however, it’s with Norway at International level that he’s impressed mostly over time but Stoke found out the hard way what a “handful” he can be and just what he’s capable of on his day with his fourteen-minute hat-trick transforming the match on Saturday and guiding us to a 4-1 win, which he played a key role in as he was involved in (or scored) all the goals.

Gary Bowyer went into this match looking to utilise King’s speed as a main weapon, which definitely worked as Stoke couldn’t handle it with his hard work in training praised by the Rovers Manager.

Bowyer said: “He has fantastic pace and the most pleasing thing was he finished those.

“Kingy is going to get the plaudits for his hat-trick and rightly so but he will be the first to say he needs the lads to put the ball in the right areas and they were terrific in doing that for him today.

“I’m delighted for him, he works hard as they all do. And it’s the finishing that he wants to improve.

If King can “improve his finishing” then not only will he play more regularly in the first-team for Rovers (regular first-team football is something he’s bemoaned a lack of) we’ll find it increasingly hard to keep hold of him too, which it’s not always been thought we would maybe want anyway??

This is the benchmark King, you’ll not perform like that all the time and even though you (clearly) aren’t going to score hat-tricks all the time you’ve put a mark down as the performance levels to reach that need to be maintained.

Join The Vital Debate