How Hull City sensation Jarrod Bowen could have played for West Brom or Wolves instead

Krystian Pearce (C) of Mansfield Town tackles Jarrod Bowen (L) of Hull City during the pre-season friendly match between Mansfield Town and Hull City at the One Call Stadium on July 19,...

West Midlands rivals West Bromwich Albion and Wolverhampton Wanderers were keen on the Hull City starlet.

Jarrod Bowen of Hull City (L) arrives at the stadium prior to the Premier League match between Hull City and Burnley at KCOM Stadium on February 25, 2017 in Hull, England.Jarrod Bowen of Hull City (left)

Seven games, five goals and an EFL Young Player of the Month award, there's a case for suggesting Hull City's Jarrod Bowen is the find of the Championship season so far. But the Shropshire native could have easily been strutting his stuff somewhere more local than Hull, who fought off competition from West Bromwich Albion and Wolverhampton Wanderers to sign him in 2014. 

Bowen told BBC Hereford & Worcester upon signing for the Tigers: "West Brom came to talk to me and I went up to Wolves too, but Hull stood out for me.

Krystian Pearce (C) of Mansfield Town tackles Jarrod Bowen (L) of Hull City during the pre-season friendly match between Mansfield Town and Hull City at the One Call Stadium on July 19,...Jarrod Bowen (left) of Hull City

"They're a Premier League club on the up. It's a massive opportunity for me and I've just got to go up there and try to take my chance."

Ironically, it's taken relegation to the Championship - Hull's second in three seasons - for Bowen to get his breakthrough.

And it remains to be seen, of course, if the 20-year-old would have gotten similar opportunities at West Brom or Wolves, with Hull suffering a mass exodus of talent during the summer transfer window.

A general view of the ground prior to the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Cardiff City at Villa Park on November 26, 2016 in Birmingham, England.Aston Villa's Villa Park ground

Besides, as a boyhood supporter of the pair's West Midlands rivals Aston Villa - the opposition against whom he scored his first goal for Hull - a move to a club outside of the region may have been the best thing for him.

Will West Brom/Wolves live to regret being snubbed by Bowen three years ago?

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