Southampton were amongst the favourites to sign Jarrod Bowen from Hull City in 2019 and considering the winger’s impressive form with West Ham since joining, it could definitely be argued that the Saints made a mistake in not signing him.
The South Coast club were heavily linked with a move for the 23-year-old, rated then at £15m, in the summer of 2019, after his impressive performances with Hull City in the Championship, but he would end up joining the Hammers in January of this year in a £20 million plus deal.
It was no surprise that the young winger was attracting the interest of Premier League sides during his time in the Championship, as he contributed 22 goals in the second division in 2018/19, before notching 16 goals in the 2019/20 season before his January move to West Ham.
He has continued his impressive form with the East London club, having contributed five goals and six assists in 26 appearances for the club.
This season, in particular, has seen him catch the eye, as he has averaged a solid 6.83 rating for his performances in the top-flight, having contributed four goals and two assists in the opening 13 games, helping David Moyes’ side to eighth position in the Premier League ahead of this weekend’s fixtures.
This sees him rated higher than both Nathan Redmond and Moussa Djenepo, who the Saints would sign, potentially instead of Bowen, in the summer of 2019.
It could definitely be argued that Southampton are somewhat reliant on Danny Ings and Che Adams as the goalscorers in their squad, so Hasenhuttl will surely be disappointed that the South Coast club weren’t able to complete a deal for Bowen, as he has consistently shown his goalscoring ability in both the Premier League and the Championship.
The winger’s teammate at West Ham, Robert Snodgrass, was full of praise for the winger earlier this year, saying:
“First and foremost, Jarrod is a great kid, and he wants to learn. He wants to be better.
“He’s got all the attributes to do so and he’s got the right attitude. West Ham have got a terrific player.”
Bowen’s value has increased to £25.2 million during his time with the Hammers and if he continues to impress, and perhaps earns a call-up to Gareth Southgate’s England squad, then you imagine his value will only increase further, so it could definitely be argued that Southampton made a mistake in not signing him in 2019.