Jarrod Bowen added to his season tally with his sixth goal this past weekend against QPR. It brought his goal total to an astonishing 43 in all competitions since breaking into the Hull City first team at the start of the 2017-18 season.
Bowen has been linked with a move to Newcastle ever since it was revealed that scouts were watching him this preseason. Nothing came of the links as Newcastle were reportedly scared off by the £20m price tag Hull had placed on the 22-year-old.
The right-winger’s contract is due to expire this summer, but Hull have an option to extend it to 2021. We have heard precious little from the player on what his plans are beyond that. With Newcastle’s interest reportedly still very much intact, it’s thought a move for Jarrod this winter is a real possibility.
Jarrod Bowen– future still in doubt
On Monday, Bowen opened up about his uncertain future at Hull City. HullLive have published the following comments from him:
“If I leave, I leave, if I don’t, I am loving it here. What will be, will be. I have just got to keep my head down, I have got agents that take care of all of that.
“I am playing football so I am not surprised that I didn’t leave. It is out of my hands what happens off the pitch, I have just got to (perform) on the pitch.”
Bowen does not reveal too much in these comments. It seems that he is concentrating on his football at the moment. However, he does not give a firm commitment to Hull either.
Bowen went on to talk about his contract situation and the likelihood that Hull triggers the extension to 2021:
“It’s their decision, what they do with my contract is entirely up to them.
“Until anything changes, I am here playing my football and my loyalties are here, so I am loving it here.
“I can’t change anything that happens, I have just got to take each day as it comes and focus on myself on and off the pitch and make myself ready for every game that comes up and play to the best of my ability.”
This is the right attitude from the player. Right now any winter move is just speculation and it’s best he continue putting in performances for Hull.
He was the subject of a move £12m to Cardiff last January but opted against leaving. He later explained that the situation with Emiliano Sala, who tragically died in a plane crash while traveling to Cardiff in January, made him uncomfortable with the move.
All indications point to Bowen being Newcastle’s number one target this winter. With Hull City not likely to make a promotion push this season, we would expect Jarrod to be very interested in a move to Newcastle if a bid comes in for him.