With the Premier League season now virtually wrapped up, clubs such as Southampton can start to look towards the summer transfer market and the next campaign.
And the Saints look to be doing just that, with The Sun reporting that the St. Mary’s outfit are preparing a bid for Hull City’s Jarrod Bowen.
Out wide is definitely an area that could do with some strengthening at Southampton, making a move for the 22-year-old make a lot of sense.
How, though, does Bowen compare to one of Ralph Hasenhuttl’s other young wingers, Josh Sims?
A footballer possessing immense close control, Bowen has had quite the season with Hull in the Championship.
With that ability to keep the ball so close to his feet and beat his opposing full-back, the Englishman has been such a threat for Nigel Adkins’ side.
Often cutting in from the right-hand side with his left foot, Bowen has gone on to score 22 goals in the second tier of English football, displaying the sort of firepower Southampton could do with.
No one would expect Bowen to hit that exact figure in the Premier League, especially in his debut campaign for the Saints.
But even so, the Hull man still looks capable of bringing a goal threat to St. Mary’s.
TT Grade: B
In contrast to Bowen, Sims was not the most productive of wide men during his time in the Championship this season.
However, since returning from his loan spell with Reading, the 22-year-old has really impressed at Southampton.
Thanks to his pace on the counter-attack, Sims has managed to make an impact when coming off the bench in games, something Hasenhuttl has been quick to point out.
“I am very happy with him because he deserved to play from the beginning,” Hasenhuttl told Southampton’s official club website when speaking about his decision to start Sims in a 3-1 victory over Wolves last month. “As a substitute he showed that he can help us with his speed.”
Considering that, going forward, Sims could be a very good option for the Southampton boss.
TT Grade: C+
Sims, however, might not get the opportunity to be that very good option for Hasenhuttl too often should Bowen arrive at St. Mary’s.
Both players prefer to play on that right flank, while Nathan Redmond is almost certain to start on the opposite side given the campaign he has had.
Furthermore, the signing of Bowen could hamper Sims’ development. But being the more productive of the two, that is something Hasenhuttl and Southampton could very well choose to overlook.
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