Jarrod Bowen put in some performance as a striker for Hull City on Saturday. Normally playing as a right-winger, the 22-year-old started the game as an out and out striker for the first time this season.
He bagged 2 second-half goals sealing the victory for the Tigers. It brought his season tally to 9 and his career total to 46 over the past three years.
Newcastle have been linked with making a run for Bowen this winter. He will likely cost between £15-20m if he remains on his current contract. However, there are reports that Hull City have offered him a new deal.
Bowen’s current deal is due to expire at the end of this season, but Hull have an option to extend it another year which they likely will do.
Jarrod Bowen– has a decision to make on his future
According to the Hull Daily Mail, Hull’s vice-chairman Ehab Allam has tabled a new three-year contract for Bowen.
Bowen will have a decision to make now as he ponders where his future lies. There is genuine interest from Newcastle and Southampton, and it is his ultimate goal to play Premier League football.
This is what Hull City coach Grant McCann said recently about Bowen:
“I spoke to him a couple of weeks back about the club wanting to speak with him and he said he loved it here. He wants to play in the Premier League with Hull and it’s as simple as that. He’d love to get to the Premier League with Hull one day, that’s really clear to see.
“That doesn’t mean he’ll sign a new contract tomorrow. It has to be right for everyone. We’re in no rush. He’s got this year and he’s got next year. It’s not as if he could be leaving soon. Jarrod is focused on his football.”
Hull City have moved up to 12th place in the Championship table by winning their last two matches. They are 5 points behind Bristol City for a spot in the playoff places.
Bowen is obviously enjoying his football at the moment with Hull; however, a return to the top flight is far from a certainty at this moment. Jarrod will have to think long and hard about signing a new deal. If he does, Hull is likely to command a very high fee for his services.
If Bowen refuses to sign, he could be a real bargain in the £15-20m range.
Bowen could also wait to see how Hull get on this season and if they can mount a promotion push. He could then make a decision on his future in the summer.