Two ideal Premier League loan destinations for Andy King
According to a report in Daily Mail, one-time Premier League winner Andy King is determined to leave Leicester City on loan in the January window. The Welshman has featured in U23s and for the national team, but couldn’t get an opportunity under Claude Puel at the King Power Stadium. He is due a testimonial but the 30-year-old is seeking first-team football elsewhere.
He had a good loan spell with Swansea City last year in the Premier League, where he slowly became a key player for the Swans. As per the report, Championship club West Bromwich Albion are interested in getting the services of the player on a short-term basis.
However, it would be ideal for the player and the quality he possesses that he stays in the Premier League for the second part of this season. Here are the two clubs that should take interest in the midfielder. These are the two places which could suit the way King plays his football:
Saints have made a miserable start to the season, eventually leading them to sack manager Mark Hughes. Now, under the new tutelage of Ralph Hasenhuttl, the idea and the benchmark would be to play good football and remain durable enough to stay in the Premier League.
The Austrian-born gaffer likes to play with a 4-4-2 formation, consisting of two defensive midfielders, two wingers and two strikers. He can also deploy the 4-3-2-1 system, with three midfielders and two supporting attackers helping the striker.
Andy King can operate as one of the central midfielders or as a number 10. Southampton need more quality in these areas of the field and they should take a chance and sign the Welshman on a temporary basis.
Lewis Cook is now out for the season, leaving the Cherries short of options in central midfield. It is clear that this won’t be enough to survive the rest of this campaign. Hence, Eddie Howe’s men need to dip into the January market.
Since Cook will be back next season, the best option for the club is to sign a player on a temporary basis rather than spending money in the winter window.
Andy King is a player who can perform that central midfield role. The Welshman’s flexibility means he can operate as a number 10 as well. All in all, he could be a shrewd signature by the Cherries, provided they go for it.