Sol Bamba was a colossal figure for Cardiff City en route to promotion last season.
The 33-year-old defender is quick, strong, an intelligent reader of the game and is one of the first names on Neil Warnock's teamsheet.
However, the centre-back is likely to start in a slightly different role against AFC Bournemouth on Saturday.
Bamba was fielded at the base of Cardiff's three-man midfield in last weekend's friendly defeat by Real Betis.
He started in that position in only four Championship matches in 2017/18 but could repeat that role at Vitality Stadium.
Playing behind Callum Wilson in AFC Bournemouth's 4-2-3-1 formation, King ended the last campaign as the club's joint leading scorer with eight Premier League goals.
He wreaked havoc with his directness inside the final third. King created 38 chances, a tally that was second only to Ryan Fraser's 42.
King is especially dangerous when delivering balls across the face of goal. He was the eighth most accurate crosser in the division in 2017/18.
*Players with at least 30 crosses
Restricting the service into King, and tracking the 26-year-old's runs down the side of the box, will be Bamba's task.
It will not be easy. King is mobile and willing to drag his markers all over the pitch.
Bamba was a powerful figure in his four appearances in midfield for Cardiff last term.
He attempted a total of 17 tackles against Ipswich Town, Derby County, Birmingham City and Leeds United, winning 11.
If he patrols the area in front of defence at Vitality Stadium this Saturday, Bamba is will be extremely physical.
His record at winning the ball back is exceptional (see below) so it makes sense for Warnock to use him this way.
|Massimo Luongo||100||Curtis Davies||135|
|Joe Bryan||87||Sol Bamba||112|
|George Saville||85||Jack O'Connell||105|
|Sol Bamba||76||Liam Moore||89|
|Ezgjan Alioski||76||Chris Basham||88|
On paper, AFC Bournemouth's energetic and speedy play can trouble Cardiff but do not discount Warnock's side.
His team conceded only 23 goals in 23 away matches last season and were excellent at nullifying their opponents' most obvious danger men.