Hull City

Bowen Targeting More Goals

08 November 2019
Jarrod Bowen has set his sights on more goals as he looks to kick on after reaching double figures for the third successive season.

Bowen has scored five goals in his last four games to help the Tigers register three straight league wins, with the 22-year-old netting the winner against Nottingham Forest, grabbing a brace in the 2-0 victory over Derby County and also finding the target in last weekend’s 3-0 success away at Fulham.

His rich vein of form has seen him become the quickest Hull City player to hit ten goals since fellow winger Stuart Elliott achieved the feat in the Club’s 2004/05 promotion-winning campaign and took his overall tally in a black and amber shirt to 47 goals in just 115 appearances.

That impressive ratio saw Head Coach Grant McCann recently describe the youngster as the best player in English football outside of the top-flight, praise which delighted the former Hereford United youngster.

“That means a lot,” he said. “The gaffer is great. He’s shown great confidence and faith in me.

“From when he came in in the summer he made me feel welcome – and he was the new one coming to the Club.

“I’ve played every minute in the league and we’re working on the training ground with a lot of finishing drills, especially on my right foot.

“Reaching double figures in terms of goals when we’re only in November is a good record – especially for a winger. Nine of those have come in the league and I just want more now.

“The gaffer wants me to go get 15, 20 goals by Christmas which is a big ask. But he shows that confidence in me that he knows I can do it, so I have to try and do the best I can.

“I’m going into games confident, getting chances each game and the big thing now is being more clinical as chances are like gold dust sometimes; you may get one and you need to score it.

“I’ve been playing down the middle in the past few weeks, which has been good. It’s a role that I haven’t really played in for a few years now but I’ve enjoyed it.

“I’m not like ‘Eavesy’ or Josh Magennis. I’m not that target man up top. When the ball is in the air, I’ll always do the best I can but it’s not my game. When I get the ball to feet and have the opportunity to run at people, it’s very enjoyable.

“I think everyone can see that I like to score goals – it doesn’t matter whether it’s inside the box or outside the box – the thrill of seeing the ball hit the back of the net is just the same.

“It’s been a good start and now as a team we’re picking up as well; it’s all gelling together and we’re on a good run.”

Bowen and his team-mates will look to maintain that good run when hosting West Bromwich Albion at the weekend.

The Baggies make the trip to the KCOM in good form having lost just one of their 15 league games this season and are the joint-top scorers in the Championship with 28 goals – and Bowen is relishing the challenge of facing the current league leaders.

“They’re top of the league and doing well,” Bowen added. “It will be tough but it’s the sort of test and challenge you want.

“We’ve just had three very tough games – all in very different ways – and come through that with three good wins.

“We’ve shown great consistency in those three games. We’ve controlled those matches very well and picked up nine very deserved points on the back of doing so.

“That is what we need at this level to take us to the next step and more of the same will be required against West Brom. We know they are are a good team – the best in the league at the minute – but we’re at home and we know that we’re a good team as well.

“We all know that anyone can beat anyone in this league. We’re going into the game with confidence on the back of three straight wins and the aim is to make it four with another three points on Saturday.”