Hull City attacker Jarrod Bowen says he is determined not to be distracted by continuing speculation around his future, as he aims to continue his and his side’s impressive recent form.
The Tigers’ talisman is out of contract at the KCOM Stadium at the end of this season, although the club do have the option to extend that deal by 12 months, while they are also said to have offered Bowen a new three-year deal to keep him at the club until the summer of 2022.
Bowen has scored in Hull’s last three games, helping the Tigers climb the Championship table with wins in all three of those matches, and it seems the attacker is more concerned with continuing that run, than deciding his longer-term future.
Speaking to Hull Live about those talks around his future ahead of the Tigers’ clash with league leaders West Brom on Saturday, Bowen said: “I try not to let anything distract me.
“My focus is all on the pitch and I know I have people around me who do my work off the pitch. I put my trust in them and let them do that and hopefully they put their trust into me with what I do on the pitch.
“The offer’s obviously been made but my agents always keep everything away from me.”
Will Jarrod Bowen still be at Hull beyond the end of this season?
Reflecting on his situation at Hull at the minute, and assessing their prospects going forward, it seems Bowen still harbours ambitions of playing for the Tigers in the Premier League, as he continued: “I’m very happy here.
“This is my third year of playing consecutively in the Championship which is very good and I’ve played over 100 games now for Hull so I’m enjoying my football.
“I’ve played a lot of games and especially the way we are at the minute. We’re doing well.
“So we have to continue that and if we can win this week to put us in that promotion place which is what we want – to achieve those dreams of getting into the Premier League – then everyone will be happy.”
Despite that, there does seem to be an element of disappointment on Bowen’s part that there was not more interest in him from the top flight during the summer transfer window, as the 22-year-old added: “There was obviously talk and a lot of talks but no official bids.
“When you come off the back of two seasons scoring 35 or 36 goals you kind of expect a bit more of talk and I think that’s just natural because of what I’ve done on the pitch for two seasons.
“I think when something didn’t happen, it had obviously played on my mind a bit until the window was shut. When the window is shut I know where I am.
“Every window I think everyone is speaking about how I’m going to leave. But there will always be talk especially if you’re scoring goals and playing well.”
Bowen has already scored nine league goals in 15 appearances for Hull this season, helping them to 11th place in the Championship going into the weekend.
I’m not entirely what I would make of this as a Hull City fan.
On the one hand, Bowen does seem to be somewhat evasive about his future at the club, insisting that it is not for him to say whether or not he will stay at the club, despite the fact that it will ultimately be his decision.
Furthermore, his comments about expecting Premier League interest may not bode well for the Tigers, since they do seem to imply that he is preparing himself for a chance to step up to the top flight almost with the cycle of each transfer window.
Yet despite that, the fact that he is talking about a return to the Premier League with Hull suggests that he could be in this for the long haul, which when you look at his record this season, can only be a boost to the Tigers own chances going forward.