Jarrod Bowen has been named the EFL Young Player of the Month for August, after scoring four goals in five Sky Bet Championship appearances for the Tigers.
Having made his debut in the Premier League last season, the 20-year-old has settled into Championship life in style and has become a regular in Leonid Slutsky’s starting eleven this season, featuring in every match of the campaign so far.
Bowen — who was also voted the club’s Player of the Month for August — was delighted to receive the prestigious award, which has been won by the likes of Dele Alli and Will Hughes prior to their moves to the Premier League.
“I’m over the moon,” he said. “It shows the good month I’ve had, which I wasn’t expecting.
“I set myself a target of just one goal all season and I’ve already got four which is amazing. Confidence is high and that’s massive for me, it’s always been my trait since I was very young.”
His first goal of the season, and for the club, came on the opening weekend in a 1-1 draw with Aston Villa.
“I don’t remember a lot about scoring my first goal,” he recalled on the moment he first hit the net. “It was my mum’s birthday so I knew my family were all at the game. I saw them in the stand and just ran towards them, I couldn’t control it. My mum was in tears and my whole family was just buzzing, as I was I!”
The winger from Herefordshire signed for Hull City in 2014 when he was just 17, following his release from Hereford United. Whilst it was a difficult decision to move at such a young age, he is full of praise for the club and his experience so far in East Yorkshire.
“I was so pleased about the offer for me from Hull,” he explained. “Moving so far away, so young, was very tough for me but you’ve got to ask yourself why you’re doing it.
“It was for a job that I love and I feel I’ve made real progress from the experience I’ve had so far here.”
This summer, the EFL announced a commitment to invest an additional £3.5million into Youth Development over the next two seasons, providing support across a number of key areas including medical screening, Club scholarship schemes and enhanced training programmes, as well as further incentive to give English and Welsh youngsters first team opportunities.
Elsewhere, the EFL is continuing its commitment to increase opportunities for young players to progress through initiatives such as EFL Futures, a financial incentive to support EFL clubs to improve opportunities made available to young home grown players. With a further £250,000 made available to the initiative this season, total funds available are now £1million per season.