This weekend in the Championship there is yet another full card of fixtures that could dictate the race for the automatic promotion spots, the top six and the relegation battle. There is also a clash between Middlesbrough and Hull City, who neither will likely be able to break into the top six unless there’s a miracle in the last six games of the season.
If Hull City are to manage it and somehow crack the play-offs, it will be all down to Jarrod Bowen. Meanwhile, if Boro are to truly bounce back from their six consecutive losses they’ll need to add to their midweek win over Bolton with another win, and Stewart Downing could be key to that. In this battle, we’ll be looking at the two of them and seeing who’s more likely to swing this clash.
Young Jarrod Bowen has proven to be an incredible young player and it seems like a matter of time before he’s forcing his way into Gareth Southgate’s England squad and tearing Premier League defences apart. This season so far he’s already bagged 20 goals in the Championship from the wing, and it wouldn’t be unheard of to see him grab another couple against Boro later today.
Back in January, there was plenty of speculation over the future of the winger. Tottenham Hotspur were looking into signing the player, and whilst he remained at the KCOM Stadium, it only went to further his reputation. It’s not out of the question for the winger to end the season as the Championship’s top goalscorer, and whether Hull sneak into the playoffs or not, Bowen will surely be a Premier League player next season.
TT GRADE: A+
Stewart Downing is a name that most Premier League football fans will know, albeit they probably won’t have many incredible memories of. The former Liverpool and West Ham man has been plying his trade at Middlesbrough since summer 2015 and despite one season in the top flight with the Teessiders, he’s mostly been stuck in the Championship.
Regardless of the lower level of football, Downing has been unable to assert his dominance despite being a former Premier League regular. This season alone, at the age of 34-years-old he has just two goals and an assist 34 games under Tony Pulis this season. That record is far from good enough for an attacking winger and given that Downing was unable to drag the Northeast club out of their run of six straight losses, it’s hard to see a way he can down Hull later.
TT GRADE: D
Jarrod Bowen is an incredible young player, one of the brightest young homegrown players in England at the moment, and whilst he’s bagged 20 goals this season, his counterpart in this battle has just two.
Downing has little chance of being able to outdo Bowen for the upcoming clash today, and it will come as no shock to hear that Jarrod Bowen is the winner of this TT Battle.