Date: 10th September 2014 at 6:01pm
Written by:

I had a feeling that this might have been coming and sure enough it has, Blackburn Rovers striker Josh King has admitted that his frustration at his lack of first-team chances is growing.

An encouraging display against England last week for Norway saw him gain some plaudits. With those plaudits come interviews and then questions about his “lack of playing time” would be sure to be raised, which they have.

King believes that he did enough in pre-season to start our season opener against Cardiff City, however that didn’t happy much to his surprise with him finding the situation at Ewood Park both “surprising” and “frustrating” but he insists he’ll keep working hard to give Gary Bowyer something to think about.

The striker told Sky Sports: “I did a very good pre-season and was surprised when I did not start the first match of the season against Cardiff.

“I came back from holiday in good shape and heard from people in the team that I was one of the very best players in the running. It is very frustrating. The situation in Blackburn is very strange.

“Had I scored a hat-trick at Wembley, it is still not certain I would start for Blackburn in the next match.

“The coach has his reasons. I just have to respect them and keep working hard.

Twenty-two-year-old King has made five appearances this season, however, only two of these have been starts against Blackpool in the Championship and Scunthorpe United in the Capital One Cup.

It’ll always be difficult for King with Jordan Rhodes and Rudy Gestede ahead of him as they’ve got a good partnership and understanding building up, however, King can still have a very big and important (long-term as well) future ahead of him at Ewood but I now fear that his sound bites could take on a bit of a different spin in January if he’s still limited in his first-team action??

He’s willing and able to work hard at this point but if little has changed in the New Year then my honest opinion could be that we start hearing him talking more about looking elsewhere for his football. January’s futures of Rhodes and Gestede though could be dependent on how well Rovers are doing in the Championship as if we’re not pushing hard for promotion it’ll be much harder to spur then advances (that are likely to come) from Premier League sides.

Join The Vital Debate