Written by Henry Clark
In this new series I will be looking at some of the young talent coming through the Hull City academy. Watch out for a few names that you could be hearing a lot more of in the future!
Us Hull fans rarely get to sing that mind numbing chant “he’s one of our own”. Perhaps good for our own mental sanity.
In a City that is largely rugby orientated we rarely see many young talents make it all the way through the academy system to the first-team. The fairy-tale normally ends with a release or move to a club that is many divisions below the one your currently in with your name never to be heard of again.
Missing those good old days?
But with so much invested into improving clubs’ academy systems nowadays (none more so than at City) the chances of making it to the top as a young footballer with a dodgy haircut and luminous coloured boots is perhaps even higher. State of the art training facilities and quota’s from the Premier League in which teams must have a certain amount of ‘home-grown’ players means the time to be a young footballer is now more than ever before.
Many academies compete against lower league professionals in the new EFL trophy and whilst I don’t agree with the format as I find it undermining for the League 1 and 2 sides, it’s a brilliant opportunity for young players to see if they have what it takes in such a tough business. Plus nowadays you don’t have to wash the underwear of the first-team goalkeepers like back in the olden days (so my Granddad says).
The first player to be featured is young attacking midfielder Jarrod Bowen. Bowen completed his scholarship at the club after release by Hereford United when they faced financial difficulties and he has been a regular in the Under 23 development side for the last few seasons. He also joined the first-team pre-season training camp in Portugal along with a few other academy prospects as he looked to make a name for himself in front of ex-boss Steve Bruce.
Ruffling a few feathers
The 19 year-old impressed many during the warm-up matches, getting on the score sheet on a couple of occasions with Tigers defender Curtis Davies commenting on how ‘impressed’ he was with the teenager. Despite making the cut for City’s Premier League squad he is yet to feature in the league this campaign; but did make a start in the Tigers’ 3-1 victory away to Exeter in the Capital One Cup.
And after getting himself on the score sheet in the Under 23s home win (4-2) against Watford, Bowen looks to be making quite the impression in a black and amber shirt. League appearances will be a step too far realistically at this stage but he is certainly a name to look out for as a future first-teamer.
Have you heard of Bowen before? Does any youth player have a decent chance of making it to the first team? Let us know in the comments below!
featured image by Craig Ballantyne