Liverpool legend John Barnes has expressed concerns over West Ham striker Jarrod Bowen’s ability to replace Mohamed Salah at Anfield.
Salah has established himself as one of the best players in the world since joining the Reds from AS Roma for around £34m in 2017. This season the Egypt international has been in stunning form , scoring 24 goals and providing nine assists in 29 appearances in all competitions. .
However, there are serious doubts over Salah’s future on Merseyside. The former Chelsea striker has less than 18 months on his current deal with Jurgen Klopp’s side, and the two sides have yet to reach an agreement on a new deal.
With Salah’s future at Liverpool up in the air, it has been suggested the Reds are considering West Ham star Bowen as a potential replacement. Barnes, however, is not a fan of the idea.
The Reds great believes the Englishman has the potential to be a top-five regular but sees him as a suitable replacement for Salah. Barnes told BonusCodeBets:
“Jarrod Bowen plays for a team [West Ham] who are in the top four or five in the Premier League, so he’s playing at the very top – right now. It needs time to develop; this is his first real season playing for a better team.”
“Bowen will never sign for Liverpool and will replace Mohamed Salah. He’s a different type of player to Mo, he’s not going to score 30 goals a season, that’s not what Jarrod Bowen does. In terms of talent, can play in a big top 5? Absolutely.”
News appeared last summer. Bowen is on the list of players the Reds are considering to strengthen their attack. The 25-year-old has since continued to be linked with a move to Anfield.
Can West Ham’s Jarrod Bowen replace Mohamed Salah at Liverpool?
Like Mohamed Salah, Jarrod Bowen has been in fine form for West Ham this season. The former Hull City striker has scored 12 goals and provided nine assists in 35 appearances in all competitions for the Irons.
Bowen has scored 16 goals in 25 Premier League appearances for David Moyes’ side. Only Salah has more goals in the English top flight than the Leominster-born player.
At 25, Bowen falls into Liverpool’s target age category. While John Barnes thinks he won’t sign for the Reds, it remains to be seen what the club will think about it this summer.