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14 goals.. Stoke City must make this star their number one transfer target if relegated



Stoke City are having a torrid time in the Premier League this season, they’re second from bottom and a point adrift of safety with eight games remaining.

The Potters are in serious danger of dropping out of the top flight, bringing to an end a ten-year stay amongst the elite.

They’ve won just once in twelve games and new manager Paul Lambert faces Everton, Arsenal and Spurs in the next three games. It isn’t over just yet, but the fat lady has opened the song book and taken a deep breath.

If they do drop out of the top flight they must prepare far better than Sunderland have this season.

It’s been proven that Premier League players don’t always adapt well to the second tier, so they’d need to mix their existing squad with the best the Championship has to offer.

Fair or not, that involves using the parachute payments to their advantage.

One player they’d be advised to have a look at is 21-year old Jarrod Bowen of Hull City.

He’s a former Hereford youth player who secured a move to Hull City as a teenager, but has really made a name for himself this season with a series of incredibly strong displays.

The diminutive Leominster-born strker has grabbed 14 Championship goals, including one in Hull’s 3-0 win at Ipswich last night.

He’s looked dangerous in and around the area all season and has even turned provider on three occasions in the league.

He’s made 37 appearances in Hull colours which is a strong amount for such a young player and he’s often amongst the chances. He has a shot conversion of 25%, meaning he’ll score one in four. That’s a good percentage, especially for a young, raw talent.

It isn’t just in front of goal he excels though, he can pick a pass and become involved in play. He has a pass average of 26.1 and a success rate of 72%.

For a young player making his way in the Championship, that’s quite some stat.

Perhaps his background has helped, rather than come through a heavily funded academy it could be argued he’s be ‘dragged up’ through the divisions, without the gliz and glamour of the top flight.

Perhaps that would be exactly what Stoke need if they do take a fall from grace in two months time. Bowen hasn’t been protected and he isn’t blind to the dirty side of the lower leagues.

He’s come up the real way, through hard work and perseverance and when the chips are down, maybe that is exactly what a relegated Premier League club needs, a dose of realism.