Michael Olise perhaps should have been a primary Liverpool target this summer. That’s if new reported interest is anything to go by.
The Athletic claims Liverpool want Jarrod Bowen. West Ham United aren’t particularly in the mood to sell, however.
They see Bowen as a player they’ve got to keep. Declan Rice and Tomas Soucek also fit into that description. As a result, they’ve slapped a £35m price on Bowen.
But that’s a minimum for the 24-year-old. £35m gets West Ham to the table – they’ll at least consider that offer.
That’s a £13m price-rise since and while it’s not that much, it’s still a significant enough difference. Which gets us wondering – should Liverpool look for the next Bowen?
West Ham pulled him out of the Championship as a very promising young player. They’ve helped develop him on but he’s hardly a different player.
The Hammers were merely the ones who took the chance on Bowen. Liverpool, though, can afford to take chances on such players.
They’re after a squad option, after all, rather than a first-team star. They want someone useful to play over the season and, hopefully, with the potential to become more.
That doesn’t require a ready-made star. It requires someone like Bowen who is largely the same player he was 18 months ago.
Finding the ‘next’ Bowen makes sen – but did Liverpool miss the boat?
Michael Olise – a Liverpool miss
We think that player was Michael Olise and Liverpool perhaps should have made more of a play to sign him. He’s a 19-year-old attacking midfielder who finished second for assists in the Championship last season, just ahead of Harvey Elliott.
Crystal Palace picked him up for far under £35m, too – they paid Reading just £8m. That maybe should have been a deal for Liverpool.
Because make no mistake, if Olise shines this season, he’ll get links to the Reds. Only it’ll be far closer to a £35m figure than £8m.
Liverpool could have used Olise as a squad player who has excellent potential, essentially saving £27m on Bowen. A missed opportunity? We think so.