Hull City’s Jarrod Bowen recently had a new three-year contract offer from Hull. His current deal is due to expire this summer, but Hull have an option to extend it to 2021.
Last Friday, Bowen claimed that he has yet to see the offer and is only concentrating on his football. He also added that he will meet with his agents over the next few weeks to discuss the situation. He did not say that a decision would be imminent, however.
The 22-year-old winger has been considered one of Newcastle’s top targets since this summer. He has continued his outstanding form since becoming a regular for Hull City over two years ago.
This season Bowen already has scored 10 times in his 17 appearances and is on a better pace than last season when he bagged 22 goals.
In a recent Q&A, Hull Daily Mail writer Philip Buckingham was asked a couple of questions about Bowen and his future with the club.
The first question had to deal with the pending contracts on offer for both Bowen and left-winger Kamil Grosicki. This was Buckingham’s answer:
“City have a problem, something I’ve mentioned in the past. They’re trying to bring the wage bill down in line with their reduced income and that means it’s very difficult to tie Grosicki down on a long-term deal or offer Bowen enough that would entice him into signing an extended contract.”
Hull City have been in the Championship for the past three seasons and don’t have many players from their Premier League days. Kamil Grosicki is one that was. However, Bowen broke into the team in their first season back in the Championship.
Hull are hoping for a playoff push this season but are currently in 12th place. They are just 6 points behind Bristol City in 6th, though.
Another question asked of the Hull writer was whether Hull City would be a selling club in January. This was his response:
“My gut feeling is that this squad will be kept together simply because that’s what has happened in the previous two January windows. I wouldn’t rule out clubs testing City’s resolve but if they’re serious about challenging for the top six then they have to keep this group together.
“Bowen still feels like an exception to that rule. If a Premier League team is willing to spend north of £15m and Bowen hasn’t put pen to paper on a new deal by that point, can City really turn that sort of money down?”
We think Bowen is going to wait it out because he holds all the cards on his future. Signing a contract before January doesn’t make much sense for the player. It could price him out of a move, and also Hull City have a lot of work to do before they could be considered promotion candidates.
A £15-18m deal for Bowen, who turns 23 next month, would be a good move for Newcastle. It’s within the reported winter budget and fills a need in the final third. He’s also a player who can play across a front three so he offers Bruce plenty of options.