In Jarrod Bowen, Hull City possess one of the brightest young players in the Championship, with the 22-year-old winger recording an impressive return last season of 22 goals in 46 games last season, with the youngster averaging a goal every 180 minutes.
Naturally, with great performances comes transfer speculation, and once again Bowen is being linked with interest from the Premier League in the form of Southampton, according to the Express.
Here, we take a look at THREE reasons why Southampton could be the perfect destination for the winger …
He provides a different option
In the form of Bowen, Southampton would be acquiring a winger who differs to the players that they already possess in that position, the Hull City player is predominantly left footed, meaning that he would be an ideal addition to fill the right attacking midfield position of Southampton’s current 4-2-2-2 formation, a role which is currently taken up by James Ward-Prowse – who is traditionally a central midfielder.
Good track record for producing international players
With many of their graduates such as Adam Lallana and Theo Walcott becoming full internationals for England, this may be the right club for Bowen to breakthrough into Gareth Southgate’s England squad.
Whilst in addition to English talent, Southampton have a reputation for buying young players, developing them and then selling them to bigger clubs for a profit, as has been seen with Sadio Mane and Virgil van Dijk.
As mentioned earlier in the article, Bowen possesses a skill that not many players have, the ability to score consistently over a couple of seasons, with Bowen having netted 14 goals over the duration of the 17/18 season, before enjoying his prolific spell last season, which was referenced at the top of the page.
Southampton lacked a consistent goal scorer last season with Danny Ings finishing highest with just eight goals in all competitions.
This shows that the Saints not only require more of a goalscoring threat, but they also need goals from other areas of the team aside from their front line, especially with new signing Che Adams so far failing to find the net in his opening few games for the club.
It would be interesting to see if Bowen could transfer his goalscoring form from the Championship to the top flight, if he ever makes the step up.