Stan Collymore has urged the likes of Arsenal, Newcastle United, Manchester City and Chelsea to take a gamble on Jarrod Bowen as he backs the Hull City forward to follow in the footsteps of Jamie Vardy and Tammy Abraham, in comments reported by the Daily Mirror (26/11; page 51).
Bowen has enjoyed a remarkable start to the campaign. His brace against Middlesbrough on Sunday has taken his tally for the season to 11 goals in the Championship.
What has been particular impressive about the 22-year-old’s form is that he has predominantly played out wide for the Tigers. He has scored 40 goals in 100 games when starting on the right during his career.
It looks more than likely that he will be attracting Premier League attention in January. And while Collymore believes that he is already ready to play for some of the sides lower down the table, he insisted that he could also be a revelation for the title-challengers and those chasing Champions League football.
“I look at Bowen in the Championship, and think he can do what the likes of Jamie Vardy and Tammy Abraham have done, score goals in the second tier and then make an impact at the top,” he told the Daily Mirror (26/11; page 51).
“If I’m any club in the Premier League – including Man City, Arsenal, Chelsea – take him, see what he is like training. If it doesn’t work, loan him out.
“Or if I’m Newcastle, Brighton or Watford, throw him straight in.”
Bowen has shown that he is not just a one-season wonder. He scored 14 times in Hull’s first year back in the second tier and bagged 22 last term. He is already halfway to that tally this time around.
The Sunday Mirror (24/11; page 72) reported at the weekend that he is valued at around £20 million. His contract is set to expire in the summer, but Hull have an option to extend those terms by another year.
It does look to be a lot of money given his contract situation and the fact that he is yet to prove himself at the highest level. But it would not be a huge surprise if some Arsenal or Chelsea fans were keen for their club to take a chance at the next opportunity.