Dan James’ seamless transition from Championship football to flourishing for Manchester United should see the club consider Jarrod Bowen.
James has been a revelation since his summer £15m move from Swansea City and it has showed the United hierarchy that there are bargains still to be had in the transfer market.
The issue for Manchester United in recent years is that they got that caught up trying to replicate Florentino Perez’s Real Madrid Galactico model, that they forgot about the exceptional homegrown talent, which was on their doorstep.
It hasn’t worked for the Red Devils and it has done more harm than good at the football club signing the likes of Angel di Maria and Alexis Sanchez on massive wage packets.
However, since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has took the reins, United have adopted a different transfer strategy, which is focused on recruiting young, hungry and talented British players that dreamt of playing for the club.
The additions of Harry Maguire, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and James have significantly improved United’s side and the Norwegian is eager to continue his spree of British signings with the likes of Declan Rice, Jack Grealish, James Maddison and Jadon Sancho all on his radar.
The Mirror claims that United scouts are trying to identify other young prospects outside the top-flight who could be available for better value for money.
Step forward Jarrod Bowen, one of the division’s most coveted players.
Championship’s Star Performer
Bowen has scored 14 goals in 20 Championship games this season as well as registering 4 assists.
Only Aleksandar Mitrovic has scored more (15) than Hull City’s main man and the big Serb is playing for promotion chasing Fulham.
The 22-year-old is on track to better his goal scoring tally from last season where he netted 22 times in 44 matches.
According to WhoScored only Queens Park Rangers’ Eberechi Eze (7.45) has performed better than Bowen (7.43) at this stage of the season.
Bowen is currently averaging 3.6 shots, 1.2 key passes and 2.1 dribbles per game.
It seems highly unlikely that Bowen will achieve promotion to the Premier League with Hull.
The Tigers have an option to extend his current deal which expires in June for a further year, but the club will be aware that eventually they will have to cash in on their prized asset.
Predominantly a right-winger, Bowen can also play as a second striker, false nine, centre forward or attacking midfielder.
In 119 games for Hull, he has scored 51 goals and made 11 assists, he is averaging a goal contribution every other game.
Solskjaer sees Sancho as his long-term right winger, possibly even the club’s next number 7.
But if Dortmund’s talisman doesn’t move in the next two transfer windows or he opts to turn down United in favour of another club, Solskjaer would be wise to opt against a panic mega money move in favour of snapping up Bowen.
Bowen could be subject of Premier League interest in January, it is only a matter of time before he is back playing in the top-flight.
He is the type of player that would thrive at Leicester City under the stewardship of Brendan Rodgers.
United have a wealth of promising talent in the attacking areas and Bowen would only add to that.
After the success of Dan James, Jarrod Bowen could be another Championship big hit for Manchester United if the club are willing to take another gamble.
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