Sky pundit urges Leeds to sign player with 'ridiculous' stat, claims he could help pocket £200m
Sky Sports pundit David Prutton has urged Leeds United to seal a deal for Hull City forward Jarrod Bowen this month to bolster their Championship promotion bid.
The Sun reported earlier this week that the Whites were planning to table a bid worth up to £15million for the 23-year-old winger, who has scored 17 goals in 29 appearances across all competitions for Hull this season.
It is understood that Leeds’ offer was £3million up front to sign Bowen on loan for the remainder of the season, plus a further £12million to make the deal permanent upon promotion.
Former Leeds midfielder Prutton has suggested that even if Leeds had to pay £20million for Bowen, they would still be onto a winner because he can help them secure the riches of playing in the Premier League next season.
“I am surprised, and maybe it’s because of the finances around Leeds United, that they haven’t gone in for Hull City’s Jarrod Bowen,” Prutton wrote on the Yorkshire Evening Post website.
“There is an amazing stat’ of him either scoring or being involved in more goals than anybody else in the Championship since he stepped foot in it three seasons ago, which is ridiculous.
“For £20m, yes it’s a lot of money but if you spend that in January and you get promoted you get £200m back.”
Prutton added: “It’s easy to just sit here and pontificate and say go for Jarrod Bowen but when you are looking at speculating to accumulate it’s not a £50m player that is going to be sat on the bench.
“If they paid £20m for him and he goes into the team then with the type of player and lad that he is, he strikes me as someone that would relish that challenge.”
Bowen is one of the Championship’s stand-out players and with Leeds in the position they are in – six points clear of third – they need to ensure that they are only signing players on permanent deals that could help them after promotion.
Of course, promotion is not sealed yet but signing players who are clearly ready for the step up to the Premier League are going to help you get over the line and secure promotion from the second-tier.
Bowen is someone who fits that profile.
The Hull attacker has outgrown not only his club but also the league and it is clear that he is someone whose future will take him to the Premier League.
It seems very likely that a top-flight club will sign Bowen in the summer no matter what as he will be in the final year of his contract at the KCOM Stadium.
Leeds might as well try and nab him now before that happens.
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