Championship

TT Introduces: Jarrod Bowen

Tottenham supporters in the Transfer Tavern are eagerly anticipating the 2018/19 Premier League season, what with their side seeking to improve upon their impressive third place finish last time round.

Mauricio Pochettino’s men deserve huge credit for sealing a third consecutive top four finish in the English top-flight after third and second place efforts in the two years previous, thus transforming them into one of the best teams in the country. However, a title challenge still seems some way off as the North Londoners finished a hefty 23 points adrift of champions Manchester City last term, although some big additions this summer could see Spurs bridge the gap to the Citizens this time round.

As such, there are many optimistic and indeed expectant Tottenham fans at present, several of whom are wondering what young English talent there is in the lower leagues that could become a star under the stewardship of manager Pochettino.

And one man many feel their club absolutely must be keeping tabs on is Hull City wonderkid Jarrod Bowen, who embarked upon a sensational campaign in the Championship last time round.

The 21-year-old began his youth career at Hereford United before breaking through into their first team in the 2013/14 campaign, earning eight appearances in non-league before sealing a move to then top-flight side Hull at the end of the season.

Unsurprisingly, the young forward didn’t immediately command regular football at the KCOM Stadium, waiting until August 2016 for his senior debut, although that paved the way for nine senior appearances in the 2016/17 campaign as Hull lost their Premier League status.

And if it weren’t for Bowen’s efforts last term, Nigel Adkins’ men may well have lost their second tier status as well as the 21-year-old scored 14 goals and laid on two assists in 42 Championship games for the Tigers, inspiring them to an 18th place finish in the division – only eight players netted more in the second tier than the Hull forward.

And given how competitive and difficult the Championship is, that is an incredible return for someone embarking upon their first campaign at that level, which suggests that the 21-year-old has a huge future ahead of him, and is surely destined for big things at a big club.

And given Pochettino’s track record of developing young English talent, one of which being Dele Alli who produced the goods in the EFL, Bowen could well be the next one the Argentine targets in a bid to nurture him into the best player he can possibly be.

As such, the Hull sensation is a Championship wonderkid the North Londoners absolutely must be keeping tabs on over the coming months and years.

Tottenham fans… what do you think? Let us know!

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