We haven’t talked about Jarrod Bowen on this website yet. We probably should. Bowen is the new Championship hotness, a 22-year old English winger who is on a tear for Hull City this season. He’s scored ten goals and notched 3 assists already as a right sided midfielder for Hull, including six goals in his last six matches.
That’s put him on the radar of several Premier League clubs, including Tottenham Hotspur and Fulham. Spurs seem to have a particular interest in him — David Pleat apparently scouted him personally and Spurs scouts have been at at least six Hull matches this season.
And according to an article in Wednesday’s Hull Daily Mail, Hull manager Nigel Adkins hasn’t ruled out Bowen leaving for the Premier League in January, but it would cost at least £15m.
Bowen can play centrally, though Adkins has usually deployed him wide right. He has 23 open play goals in 5600 Championship minutes in his career, with an xGxA90 of about .5. That’s all pretty good, and £15m really isn’t all that expensive for a young English Championship star, even if he’s not exactly in a position of need.
His YouTube highlight video is pretty flashy and indicates that Bowen knows where the goal is, and also has music that at least doesn’t make you wish for selective deafness, so there’s that.
The biggest knock on Bowen right now is simply this: he’s not a central midfielder. That’s not his fault, of course, but he would be a player that would likely be one for the future — it’s unlikely he’d make an immediate impact if he were to transfer in January, and I could even see a situation where Spurs loan him back to Hull for the rest of the season.
That said, he does seem to have the skills and is young enough that Poch can still mold him into whatever he wants him to be. And at £15m it wouldn’t necessarily break the bank. Bowen isn’t what Spurs need right now — he’s no Jack Grealish — but he’d likely be an English upgrade to Georges-Kevin N’Koudou and it’s always good to have a couple of young and hungry players like him in your back pocket.
Assuming, y’know, Spurs sign anyone. I’ll show myself out.