According to journalist Ryan Taylor of the Express, Fulham, Nottingham Forest and Bournemouth are all keen on signing the 23-year-old after he played a starring role in the Tangerines’ impressive first season back in the Championship.
He has continued his strong form into the new season, hitting two goals in his first six Championship appearances, averaging a superb 7.16 rating from WhoScored for his performances.
This would rank him as the third-best performer in Fulham’s current squad, so it is clear the quality that he could add to Silva’s squad should he make the move to Craven Cottage before next week’s deadline.
During his time in Everton’s academy, Bowler earned a lot of praise from former coach David Unsworth for a particular performance against Sheffield United‘s academy.
He said: “Josh Bowler was terrific. We need to get the ball to his feet in the final third and that’s where you see his magic.”
Fulham have begun the season without the influential Harry Wilson after he picked up a knee injury in pre-season, but Bowler could be a natural replacement on the right-hand-side.
WhoScored suggests that both Wilson and Bowler like to cut inside on their stronger foot, while they both excel at finishing and playing through balls, which emphasises the quality that Bowler could add in the final third for Fulham.
While Silva’s side have started the new season in impressive fashion, with five points from their opening four fixtures, there is no doubt that Wilson has been a miss, after the former Liverpool man contributed 10 goals and 19 assists in the second tier last season.
Both are left-footed right-wingers who started their careers in Merseyside, and considering Bowler is available for just £4m this summer, he could prove to be a bargain addition to Silva’s squad, especially if he can emulate Wilson’s form at Craven Cottage.