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King treble highlights Norway's legacy

14 Mar 2017
Joshua King, AFC Bournemouth

Only three nations have more different Premier League hat-trick scorers after forward's goals against West Ham

In becoming only the second AFC Bournemouth player to score a Premier League hat-trick on Saturday, Joshua King also made his mark for his country. 

King's trio of strikes at home to West Ham United, the second by a Cherries player in the PL after Callum Wilson, against the same opponents last season, was the first hat-trick by a Norwegian since John Carew in February 2008

AFC Bournemouth v West Ham
With his goals against West Ham Joshua King became the sixth different PL hat-trick scorer from Norway

Carew and King are two of six Norwegians to score a Premier League hat-trick, although only two have done so more than once.

Tore Andre Flo and Jan Age Fjortoft netted one apiece, Steffen Iversen has two and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer leads with three. 

In joining his compatriots, King's three goals helped to consolidate Norway's place in the top five of most hat-tricks scored by nation, moving two clear of Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Scotland and Spain. 

Most hat-tricks by country

Nation PL hat-tricks
England 139
Netherlands 18
France 16
Argentina 11
Norway  9
Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Scotland, Spain 7
Belgium, Uruguay 6

But King's first career Premier League treble also lifted Norway to within one of second place in terms of most hat-tricks scored by different players from a nation. 

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Manchester United
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is the Premier League's leading Norwegian hat-trick scorer with three

Indeed should one of Adama Diomande, Havard Nordtveit, Markus Henriksen and Omar Elabdellaoui score a hat-trick then England would be the only nation to have more hat-trick scorers in the Premier League's history than Norway.

Most hat-tricks by different players

Nation Players with hat-tricks
England 65
France, Netherlands 7
Norway, Scotland 6
Ivory Coast, Wales 5
Italy, Nigeria, Spain 5

King has some way to go if he is to get close to the Premier League's record hat-trick scorer, Alan Shearer, who managed 11 in his career, two more than Robbie Fowler and three more than Thierry Henry and Michael Owen.

See: All Norwegians to score in the PL

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