Former Leeds United goalkeeper Paul Robinson believes Hull City’s Jarrod Bowen would favour a move to Elland Road – but thinks the club will only be able to buy him if more funds become available.
Bowen has been one of the Championship’s brightest sparks this season, with only Aleksandar Mitrovic bettering his goal tally this season in the second tier.
Though while links have been made between the Tigers winger and Marcelo Bielsa’s side (Sunday Mirror via Leicester Mercury), Robinson thinks that although it would be a positive switch for the 23-year-old, Leeds may not have the necessary means to pull a transfer off in January.
Speaking to MOT Leeds News, Robinson feels that the Whites may not have the financial strength to make such a move happen until at least the summer.
He said: “Leeds are a huge club, it’s a draw for anybody, but of course it would be a big draw for a player like Bowen who’s playing in the Championship – especially with the potential to play in the Premier League.
“However, I just can’t see it. Leeds simply just haven’t got the funds to buy a player like Bowen at the moment, unless some cash comes in.
“Hull City aren’t going to want to let him go to a Championship rival on loan and I just don’t think that there’s any way that Leeds can be looking at buying anybody of that ilk at the moment. I think they go with what they’ve got until the end of the season.”
Judging by Leeds’ recent exploits in the transfer market, it may look slightly out of character if they suddenly went out and bought the £9m-rated prospect (as per Transfermarkt) having been limited to free transfers and loans in the summer.
Therefore, Robinson may be on the right lines with regards to his theory, while Bowen may render the on-loan Helder Costa surplus to requirements if he were to make a January switch, with the Portuguese winger halfway through his temporary spell from Wolves.
Perhaps a Premier League promotion could lead to the influx of cash that Leeds would require to sanction a move, which may be just as well given Robinson went on to back Leeds to secure top-flight football without Bowen’s assistance.
However, it seems at present that winning the race for Bowen seems to be off the cards at present.
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