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August’s Player of the Month: Joshua King

Posted by nickogs20 on September 6, 2009

Both the reserves and the academy have started the campaign brightly, offering up a number of potential recipients of our first seasonal award. Fittingly, the United Youth Player of the Month for August ’09 is someone who has made a big impact at both levels – step forward Josh King.

Truth be told, there was very little separating King and a number of other players who have really hit the ground running this term. Compatriot Magnus Eikrem was an extremely close contender after some terrific display for the reserves, and the likes of Joe Dudgeon, Craig Cathcart, Cameron Stewart and Robbie Brady all came under serious consideration.

Josh has just got the nod, however, for a series of scintillating displays that have vindicated those who saw great potential in the young Norwegian’s limited outings last season, as well as alerting many others to his talents for the first time. Injury may have limited the 17 year-old’s participation in the Northern Ireland Milk Cup but he still grabbed a crucial equaliser in the semi-final with Fenerbahce, before going on to terrorise Huddersfield and Tottenham in academy action.

Furthermore, Ole Solskjaer had no qualms in throwing the Oslo-born striker into the reserve side for the season-opening double header against Bolton, and while Josh may not have yet found the scoresheet for the second string, the manner in which he gave much more experienced defenders the runaround in both fixtures showed a fearlessness and confidence to compliment his obvious attributes as a hugely promising all-round centre-forward.

Everything points towards a great season ahead, with some even predicting Carling Cup opportunities and/or a Macheda-esque impact at first-team level over the coming months. That talk is almost certainly premature, especially as the coaching staff will be wary of asking too much of a youngster who has struggled with injuries in the past, but if Josh can continue to progress and develop at his current rate, he will be one to watch with great interest.


That’s our verdict, how about you guys? Please take time to vote in our poll, and we’d love to hear your choices and reasoning in the comments section.


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11 Responses to “August’s Player of the Month: Joshua King”

  1. Tone said

    As someone famous for not believing in my fellow countrymen, this kid really excites me. He reminds me of how it was to first see Kiko, if not in style and all, then in the way he’s opened my eyes to his talent. It will most definitely be interesting to follow his progression!

  2. kenslad said

    What a gem.

    Hopefully I won’t put the knockers on this kid, he’s got strength, speed and skill……..one day he could be ‘The King’.

  3. Ole said

    I feel the same way as you about the kid Tone. His pace and strength really is amazing! He reminds me of Carew unfortunately. :) He think he will break in to the first team in a few seasons, and be a Star for Norway in the future. :)

  4. Tone said

    I see people voting for Brady and I suddenly realised I can’t remember seeing him live this season. Is he injured?

  5. nickogs20 said

    Not as far as I know. Played in the first two U18 league games, missed this weekend because he’s away with Ireland U19.

  6. […] ¤ United Youth har utsett Joshua King till augusti månads ungdomsspelare i United. ¤ Nu när Chelsea inte får […]

  7. Tone said

    Of course, I assumed he was in the reserves permanently now. Missing the academy matches this season…

  8. Pratyush said

    Magnus has certainly impressed me.I am hoping he might be in chance for Carling Cup.

  9. […] from anyone fortunate enough to be in attendance – indeed, we named the 17 year-old our Player of the Month for August. Magnus Eikrem – set for a […]

  10. Only that i hope Sir Alex Ferguson will sat this boy down and plead with him to play for the Gambia the place of his fathers birth. He is a definite star for the future and we need players like him to play for the Scorpions.

  11. alansays aha said

    He looked superb at the beginning of the season , a real propsect. But he seems to have disappeared, have his fitness/injury problems struck again. If that’s so that is a blow because he looked the best proper forward to have come through the youth system since Rossi. I rate Welbeck but i don’t know what his postion is going to be and going off his appearances this season it looks like the coaches at United don’t.

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