The Imps are being linked with a move for 22-year-old Josh Bowler, according to Football League World.
The dust has not settled on last night’s humdinger at the Bank, and with all eyes on the Stadium of Light this weekend, little thought will be given to recruitment by the supporters. However, whatever happens this weekend, and possibly the weekend after, the new season will still kick-off and we will need new players.
Bowler was a youth at Fulham, Aldershot and Queens Park Rangers before making his debut for the latter in 2016/17 on the final day of the Championship season. That led to a whopping £1.5m move from London to Merseyside, with Everton securing his services. The fee was reported to be potentially as much as £4.25m with add-ons, which doubtless included things such as playing for the first team.
He did not play for the Toffeemen, but he has got some Championship experience, having joined Hull City on loan last season. He appeared 28 times in the second-tier for the Tigers, scoring once, before returning to Goodison to not play football. After four tough years there, he is now set to depart on a free transfer.
That has reportedly alerted two clubs, one of which is us. The other, interestingly, is Blackpool, who at the moment look likely to be waiting at Wembley if we were to get past Sunderland this weekend. Could that make any potential final not only the chance to move up to the Championship, but also give a club an advantage in capturing Bowler? Very possibly.
Bowler is a right-winger who still has youth on his side, but those years at Everton certainly haven’t helped his development. After his time at Hull, during which he impressed at first, he needed desperately to kick on but instead has been consigned once again to Under 23 football, which is not ideal for any young player.
His time at the KCom was marred by the fact Hull were rubbish, and he certainly struggled towards the end, but playing in a dire team. Wyscout report he managed 2.77 crosses per game, which is not a bad number, with 40% accuracy. I always question cross accuracy a bit, because it relies on the striker being in the right place as well as it being a decent cross, so those stats look good. What I do like is how Bowler was described as ‘special’ by David Unsworth – I think there is a young player here with something big to prove and the skills to do just that.
I think Josh Bowler is exactly the sort of wide player Michael and Jez will be targeting, so the next few weeks could be very interesting. After the play-offs are concluded, of course.