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Football League World’s Hull City fan pundit Alex Chittock has revealed he is “cautiously optimistic” that the club can keep hold of star forward Jarrod Bowen.
The 22-year-old has been in sensational form this season–scoring 12 goals and providing four assists, meaning he has contributed to more than half of their league goals in the 2019/20 campaign.
The Tigers are in the chasing pack just outside the play-off places but their 3-1 defeat at the hands of Barnsley has seen them drop five points back from the top six.
Bowen has been linked with a move away from the club and with the January transfer window less than a month away, there will undoubtedly be concern amongst fans of the Yorkshire club.
However, Chittock has revealed he remains hopeful that the forward will remain at Hull.
He explained: “The troubles between the Allam family and Hull fans have been well documented over the past few years and many were hugely surprised Bowen wasn’t sold in the summer due to perceived asset stripping of the squad.
“However, to their credit, the owners are now going to lengths to rebuild bridges with the fans and you’d expect this has motivated Ehab Allam to point out that Bowen is not for sale, at least not for under £20 million.
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“Having said that, there will always be interest in what is an outstanding talent and if a good enough bid comes in, we may have to take it more seriously.
“Bowen is clearly a Premier League player and in my opinion good enough for an England call-up before long, so we can’t deny him the opportunity to move up a level.
“However, he has perhaps surprisingly not done more to force a move in previous windows, and it’s clear he feels promotion with City is a very possible route into the big time, so I’m cautiously optimistic we can keep hold of him.”
Hull’s next game sees them welcome Stoke City to the KCOM Stadium.