According to The Sun journalist Tom Barclay, West Ham transfer target Keane Lewis-Potter views Jarrod Bowen as his ‘inspiration’ and the Hull City starlet could make the move to the Premier League this summer.
The Lowdown: Lewis-Potter profiled
The 21-year-old joined the Tigers academy at the age of just 14 and has worked his way up through the ranks at the MKM Stadium, having been fast-tracked into the U18s and U23s sides before earning his first professional contract four years ago, as per the club’s official website.
Despite still having 12 months remaining on his current agreement with the Championship outfit after penning a new deal last summer, the Daily Mail have recently claimed that the Irons have ‘expressed interest’ in signing the youngster, but are set to face competition from the likes of Bournemouth, Brentford, and Southampton.
The Latest: Lewis-Potter’s praise for Bowen
Barclay confirmed that he has spoken to Lewis-Potter whilst on media duty for the young England side, telling GiveMeSport:
“We spoke to Keane Lewis-Potter on Under-21 duty, and he talked about Jarrod Bowen and how much of an inspiration he was because he actually played with him briefly at Hull before he moved to West Ham, and it’s quite an obvious link.
“If he were to move to West Ham, the comparisons would easily be drawn, just because of the route but also the fact that Lewis-Potter also cut his teeth in non-league, albeit on loan compared to Bowen’s story of playing for Hereford permanently and his rise up the leagues. But, I think there are similarities on that front.”
The Verdict: Following in his footsteps?
The duo briefly played together at Hull before Bowen made the switch to the London Stadium two years ago, so it’s no surprise to see that the Hammers target has been full of glowing praise for his former teammate.
The striker would be a great addition to David Moyes’ squad if they managed to get a deal over the line considering his brilliant run of form this season, having scored 13 goals and registered four assists for the Tigers across all competitions, via Transfermarkt.
Should West Ham sign Lewis-Potter?
Lewis-Potter, whose playing style was once compared to that of Real Madrid sensation Eden Hazard by City youth coach Craig Fagan, would certainly be one for the future but his goal record last season suggests he also could make an immediate impact just like Bowen.
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