Everton manager Marco Silva is reportedly thinking of making a move for Hull City winger Jarrod Bowen.
An article on Hull Live cites Football League World’s report that Bowen is the subject of interest from the Premier League, and could have played his last game for the Tigers.
It’s a link that will probably split Everton fans, with some thinking a player who has impressed in the Championship over the last two years deserves a chance, while others will believe the Toffees need to be targeting a higher calibre of player to improve. So, would Bowen be a good addition?
The 22-year-old has been in fine form for Hull in the Championship, hitting 37 goals in the last two seasons, with 22 of those coming in 2018/19.
His development suggests that he could soon be ready to make the step up to the top flight, if he isn’t already.
His numbers are actually better than those of Harry Wilson, the Liverpool youngster who made headlines while on loan at Derby County last campaign and has been linked with several Premier League teams.
Taking into account that Bowen was playing in a weaker team than Wilson, it’s fair to say he has gone under the radar and should probably be given more credit for his achievements.
Bowen is also a player known to Marco Silva, with their paths crossing in 2017 when Silva had a brief spell in charge at the KC Stadium.
The winger was only 20 at the time so he didn’t see much game time, but there is a possibility that Silva liked what he saw and has kept an eye on Bowen’s progression since with a view to making a move in the future.
As with all transfers involving young players, though, it would be a risk for Everton to sign Bowen-who has only made sewven Premier League appearances previously.
He has shown he is capable at Championship level but there have been many cases of players not being able to successfully negotiate the increase in quality, so the Merseyside club need to be sure Bowen won’t fall victim to that.
After a season in which Everton didn’t quite kick-on as they had hoped to, recruiting an unproven youngster may not be the sign of ambition that their fans want to see either, especially as they have hopes of finishing in the European places next year.
The Blues face competition for Bowen’s signature from Southampton, so will need to make a decision on him fairly quickly if they don’t want to miss out on a player who, if he continues to grow as he has done recently, could be seen as a shrewd piece of business later down the line.