Liverpool want Jarrod Bowen, according to reports. So what do the Reds see in West Ham United’s 24-year-old?
The Athletic claims Liverpool hold an interest in Jarrod Bowen. It’s unclear if they’ll be able to sign the player but West Ham have a price in mind – at least £35m.
So what would Liverpool get for that?
Jarrod Bowen to Liverpool?
Bowen is a versatile 24-year-old attacker. He typically plays on the right wing for West Ham but he can cover several positions.
He’s solid enough as a centre-midfielder, while he could potentially be a False 9-type player if Liverpool wanted. But Bowen is also a bit of a statistical anomaly.
He doesn’t really stand out with his passing or shooting, for instance. Bowen created just 0.8 chances per game last season, which really isn’t a shining number.
At the same time, he got five assists. In fact, his ‘Expected assists’ were 4.3 and that’s quite interesting. It tells us that Bowen might not create loads of chances but when he does, they’re good ones.
For comparison, Mason Mount also registered five assists last season. He did it while creating 2.4 chances per game, however.
So Bowen fits quite well into a Liverpool side that wouldn’t run everything through him. It also hints that he can improve greatly by getting more involved.
Hit shooting is similar – just 1.4 shots per game. Yet Bowen scored eight goals off an xG of 6.3. Again, he might not pepper the target with efforts but when he does, he’s reliable.
A comparison here could be Roberto Firmino, who like Bowen, didn’t take any penalties. The Brazilian bagged one more goal that the West Ham player but did so with an extra shot per game.
So it’s fairly easy to see what Bowen could be at Liverpool. He’s someone who’s already playing at a decent level but appears to have the potential to kick on another level.
His age, 24, suggests that’s the case, too.
Bowen would initially be a squad player and an effective one, given his versatility. Add in his room for growth and Liverpool could have a very useful development project, too.
For £35m, it might be a no-brainer.