Just over three years ago if you had asked me who Jarrod Bowen was, I’d be none the wiser. A rise from the unknown to an established Championship goal scorer came out of nowhere to most, but his name is now floating around a host of Premier League clubs, especially since the January transfer window has opened. In this article, we will have a look at how he got to his current position, his style of play and the likelihood of a potential January move.
A bit of background
As a kid Bowen had failed trials at Cardiff City and Aston Villa. This led him to be signed as a scholar for the then Conference side Hereford United. By 16, he had broken into the first team at Hereford and played 8 games towards the end of the 13/14 season. He had already scored his first goal and notched an assist too.
However, Hereford United were to be liquidated and expelled from the fifth tier at the end of the season. Despite this, Jarrod had clearly enough to catch the eye of other clubs. In time, he had earned himself a youth contract at Premier League Hull City. He joined up with the under 18 squad where he remained for the next two seasons. His first two appearances for Hull, who had since been relegated, came in the 2016/17 season. Hull were to be promoted that season and Bowen made an adequate 7 appearances in the Premier League the following year.
Bowen’s real breakthrough began in 2017, back in the Championship, where he managed 14 league goals in 42 games. Not bad for a midfielder. Last season, he showed even more improvement, smashing an impressive 22 league goals in 46 games. This won him both the players and fans player of the year award. Bowen’s form this year is well documented; he currently has 16 goals and 6 assists in 26 games, meaning he boasts 0.85 goal contributions a game. Therefore, there is no wonder Premier League teams are keen to get in on the act…
Jarrod Bowen – Style of play
Obviously, he’s a goal scorer. Bowen has an exquisite left boot which he utilises by cutting in off his favoured right flank and bending the ball into the far corner. Sound familiar? Many Bowen fan boys compare him to Arjen Robben. I feel these comparisons are harsh. At least Jarrod has hair, and he’s English. Also, he possesses very intelligent off the ball movement, which he uses to time his runs to the back stick and bag an easy tap in. However, he also has that special ability to hold his run and drift late into the box waiting for a cut back. Intelligence beyond his years.
It becomes extremely clear that most of his goals come from these three scenarios, which makes me question whether his goal scoring threat will be nullified in the Premier League, where better defenders may be able to predict his play. He is not especially quick for a winger, and that’s not me saying he is slow, but against the modern day Premier League full-back, will his pace be a limiting factor? I really do hope not.
It’s clear that Bowen’s finishing is exceptional, to the point where a potential suitor may try to deploy him as a striker, as well as a winger.
Who’s he linked to?
I believe Aston Villa, West Ham and Newcastle are the front runners for Bowen in this window. But Everton, Norwich, Palace and Leicester are also all reported to be interested. After three years of consistent goalscoring from midfield in the Championship, I think Jarrod Bowen more than deserves a chance in the first division. I just wait in hope that he will move to a team that will give him the playing time he deserves.
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