Exclusive: Dean Windass surprised by Josh King exit at Everton

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Dean Windass is surprised that Josh King wasn’t kept on by Everton following Carlo Ancelotti’s departure.

Signed by the Italian on Deadline Day in January, the striker didn’t start a single match for the Toffees, making just 11 substitute appearances which accumulated 137 minutes.

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King failed to score in any of those 11 games, meaning he went the entire campaign without netting in the league – with all three of his goals coming in the FA Cup for Bournemouth.

When the former Manchester United frontman arrived in January, he only signed a short-term contract, and following Everton’s decision to not offer him fresh terms, he’s now a free agent.

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King has already been strongly linked with Galatasaray and more recently Celtic, although a transfer to Parkhead appears unlikely following Eddie Howe’s failed move.

But Windass believes that with Ancelotti now back in Madrid, King should have been given an opportunity to prove his worth at Goodison Park.

He told This is Futbol:

“I don’t think he would have stayed if Ancelotti would have been there, I think they would have offloaded him.

“But with a new manager coming in, everyone has got a clean slate.

“He hasn’t really played that much, but with Ancelotti leaving he would have been rubbing his hands together.

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