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Jarrod Bowen's EFL journey

As the Hull City star departs for the Premier League, we detail his incredible rise...

31 January 2020

One look at Jarrod Bowen's list of achievements, and you'd be forgiven for forgetting that he's still only 23 years of age.

A player with a natural goalscoring instinct and fantastic work rate, he made his first-team debut for the Tigers in an EFL competition, the League Cup, in August 2016. But the signs of his potential had been evident long before his professional bow.

Signed in July 2014 after impressing during his debut season for Hereford United, Bowen soon established himself in the Reserves, before Marco Silva gave him his big break in 2017. A first league start then followed, as Hull signed off the campaign against Tottenham Hotspur.

Bowen was involved from the start as the Tigers kicked off the 2017/18 campaign at Aston Villa, a game in which he would net his first goal for the club. His first full season in senior football brought 15 goals in total, including four in five league appearances in August, which resulted in an EFL Young Player of the Month award and a new three-year deal. Bowen had reached double figures by the turn of the year, and people outside of East Yorkshire were taking note.

The following campaign saw him go from strength to strength, becoming the first Hull player to hit 20 goals in a single season since Stuart Elliott in 2004/05. By the Spring of 2019, he had passed the 20-goal mark and set a club record by scoring in eight consecutive home league matches, including braces against Swansea City, Sheffield Wednesday, Birmingham City and Queens Park Rangers.

He would go on to be included in the EFL Team of the Season for the Sky Bet Championship, and picked up where he left off in August of last year, making his 100th senior appearance and hitting double figures in the league with a brace against Preston North End.

Even despite those achievements, he remains a player that's difficult to categorise, for all the right reasons. A quick search for his name brings up 'forward', 'striker', 'attacking midfielder' and 'winger' - but the common denominator is goals.

As Bowen prepares to depart for Premier League side West Ham United, he leaves behind an impressive record: over a century of appearances and a half century of strikes in all competitions for the Tigers. He has 17 to his name in 2019/20 alone, including eight in seven games across October and November. 

Bowen leaves ready-made for the Premier League, and is a shining example of youth development in the EFL. The stats speak for themselves, and his rise shows no signs of slowing.

 


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