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This £15m-rated Championship sensation is just what Tottenham Hotspur need to boost their chances of winning the title – Agreed?

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Tottenham should make a move for Hull City’s Jarrod Bowen

Tottenham Hotspur have really played some good football this season after being the only club in the Premier League without making any signing in the summer transfer window. But the situation seems to have changed in the current transfer window. According to a report by Hull Live, Tottenham are interested in Hull City winger Jarrod Bowen.

The 22-year-old right-winger often shoots with his left foot has had a couple of good seasons for Hull City. He scored 14 goals last season and is impressing again this term and has already reached double digits. Of the 11 goals that he has scored this season in the Championship, six came in the month of December itself.  

The youngster is capable of providing great deliveries from the flanks and has a mix of flair and energy. He has shown great composure in scoring key goals and his end game is really commendable.

It is evident that Tottenham lack backup options upfront. The north Londoners currently have Vincent Janssen, Fernando Llorente and Georges-Kevin N’Koudou but they haven’t truly provided much for the third-placed club. They have hardly made any contributions so far this season and the board needs to offload at least one of them to make room for a new arrival.

Bowen has a year-long extension option in his contract, effectively giving him three-and-a-half years left on his Hull deal. Furthermore, the Championship outfit want a fee in the region of £15m (h/t Hull Live). Tottenham have always restrained from spending big and this fee could be pretty steep for a young player who plies his trade in the second-tier competition.

But Bowen could prove to be a useful squad player for the club and can play as an impactful sub and backup for the key forwards. The youngster has the ability to provide great crosses, can shoot fiercely with his left foot, has a great endgame and is equally involved in tracking back defensively.

Getting a young player who has the potential to develop into a fine prospect would be an eye-catching deal for Tottenham. They have always been good at scouting young players and in Bowen, they will receive an exceptional talent. Bowen has shown at Hull that he can make a difference in big games and would certainly cherish the opportunity of playing with big players in a quality side like Tottenham.

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Moreover, Mauricio Pochettino would love to have a player who can be used as a reliable sub while being productive in the final third in the key moments of the game.

Bournemouth

Bournemouth should go all out to lure this 26-year-old Hull City powerhouse to solve central midfield woes

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Bournemouth Opinion: Why Howe should go all out to sign Markus Henriksen

According to a report from VG, Markus Henriksen is planning to leave Hull City when his contract expires in the summer amidst interest from Premier League duo Leicester City and Newcastle United.

Markus Henriksen, 26, has been one of Hull’s top performers this season, transforming the club’s fortunes from being a relegation fodder to playoff contenders. The Tigers are currently 12th in the table, just five points adrift of the final playoff spot.

Hull City’s surge up the table in the last couple of months saw Henriksen stay put at the club amidst interest in the January transfer window. Both Leicester and Newcastle were said to be interested in acquiring the Norwegian’s services​ in January and will likely renew their interest in the summer when he becomes a free agent.

That said, Bournemouth must beat the likes of Leicester and Newcastle for the signature of Henriksen this summer.

Bournemouth have struggled in the second half of the campaign, winning just three games out of 10 Premier League games since the turn of the year. In fact, they have won just once in the last six league games that have seen the Cherries fall out of top 10.

That’s disastrous for Eddie Howe and co. plainly because they were firmly in the race for finishing seventh. They are now seven points adrift of seventh-placed Wolves, which clearly tells a lot of work needs to be done over the summer if Bournemouth are to challenge for a Europa League spot next season.

One of the prime areas that needs bolstering is the central midfield, with Howe having very limited options to select from. Lewis Cook’s season-ending injury has further depleted the options in midfield, leaving Howe to select from Jefferson Lerma, Andrew Surman and Dan Gosling.

There is a clear lack of depth in midfield and Howe should address the problem by signing Markus Henriksen. Standing at 6ft. 2in, the Norwegian international is a technically-gifted and tactically-versatile midfielder who is comfortable playing in No.6, No. 8 and No.10 roles in the midfield.

He is a very strong and physical midfielder whose towering frame helps him win almost every aerial duel. The former Rosenborg and AZ Alkmaar man is exceptionally sharp and agile for a player of his stature and also has wonderful dribbling skills for a central midfielder.

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Henriksen can pick a pass, break attacks with his tackling and interception skills and is adept at controlling the tempo of the game. Furthermore, he is a leader on and off the pitch and will add goals from midfield for Bournemouth.

Verdict

Available on a potential free transfer at the end of the season, Howe should do everything possible to get Henriksen. The Norwegian’s all-action displays and versatility certainly tick all the boxes to be a smashing signing for the Cherries.

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Onel Hernandez to retain his position? – Predicted 4-2-3-1 Norwich City XI to face Hull City

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Predicted Norwich City line-up to face Hull City in the Championship

Norwich City host Hull City on Wednesday in a game that could see their lead at the top of the Championship extended to five points.

The Canaries have won their last four matches and remain unbeaten in league games at Carrow Road since the turn of the New Year. They head into the mid-week game on the back of a narrow 1-0 victory over Swansea City, courtesy Emi Buendia’s thunderbolt.

Hull City, meanwhile, are 12th in the table and will visit Norwich with an aim to spring a surprise.

Team News

Daniel Farke has no fresh injury concerns but will miss Buendia, who will serve a one-game suspension after picking up his fifth yellow card of the campaign.

Probable Norwich City XI

Formation: 4-2-3-1

Manager: Daniel Farke

Tim Krul (GK)

Krul has played every game so far this season and should continue between the sticks on Wednesday.

Max Aarons (RB)

Aarons has had a brilliant season at right-back and should continue to keep his place in the team.

Christoph Zimmermann (CB)

Zimmermann has been a rock at the back for the Canaries. He is one of the first names on Farke’s team sheet.

Ben Godfrey (CB)

Godfrey dished out another stellar display in the 1-0 victory over Swansea and is growing as a player with every passing week. He should partner Zimmermann against Hull.

Jamal Lewis (LB)

Lewis has been an undoubted starter at left-back for Farke’s side. The 21-year-old is exciting, fast and attacking and will look to continue his good vein of form.

Tom Trybull (CM)

Trybull has slowly but steadily made himself an important player for Farke this season. He is good at doing the dirty job in the midfield and is expected to keep his place for this game.

Kenny McLean (CM)

McLean has formed a formidable partnership with Trybull in the engine room and the duo complement each other very well on the pitch.

Todd Cantwell (RW)

With Buendia suspended, Farke could hand Cantwell a start on the right. Cantwell has played very little since the turn of the year but this should be a good chance to impress his manager.

Marco Stiepermann (CAM)

Stiepermann has been a regular fixture for Norwich City and is a real threat to the defenders due to his qualities on and off the ball.

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Onel Hernandez (LW)

The 26-year-old is extremely quick, agile and unpredictable in his movement. He can be a real nightmare for the Hull defenders at Carrow Road.

Teemu Pukki (ST)

Pukki has been a revelation since joining Norwich on a free transfer from Brondby last summer. He is one of the main reasons why Farke and co. are gunning for promotion this term.

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[Image] Can Lampard’s men reclaim playoff spot? – Predicted 4-2-3-1 Derby XI to face Hull City

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Predicted Derby County line-up to face Hull City in the Championship

Following their goalless draw against Preston North End last week, Derby County will be looking to get back to winning ways, when they welcome Hull City to Pride Park on Saturday.

The draw against Preston meant Frank Lampard’s men slipped out of the playoff positions and are now currently stationed in the seventh spot, but remain level on points with sixth-placed Bristol City. The Rams have won just one of their last four league matches, and the manager must look to get his troops back firing on all cylinders with the business end of the season fast approaching.

Team News

Jayden Bogle is back in contention for selection after serving out his suspension. Mason Mount remains sidelined with an injury. Curtis Davies and Craig Forsyth are out for the season. Jack Marriott missed the Preston game with an ankle problem and remains a doubt for the weekend.

Here’s how the Rams could take the field at home on Saturday:

Predicted Derby County XI

Manager: Frank Lampard

Formation: 4-2-3-1

Kelle Roos (GK)

While Scott Carson is fit and available again, Lampard retained Roos in goal for the Preston game and is likely to do so once again this weekend.

Jayden Bogle (RB)

The youngster missed the Preston encounter due to suspension, but now that he is available, he should get the nod on the right side of the backline.

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Richard Keogh

Richard Keogh (CB)

The 32-year-old centre-back has been an ever-present at the back for Lampard’s side. It would remain to be the case this weekend.

Fikayo Tomori (CB)

The on-loan Chelsea defender has been impressive during his stint with the Rams so far this term. He should continue to partner Keogh at the back.

Ashley Cole (LB)

The 38-year-old signed for Derby last month on a free transfer and is in line to start on Saturday night, having had time to get back into shape. Scott Malone is expected to make way.

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Craig Bryson

Craig Bryson (CM)

The midfielder was brought right back into the starting XI against Preston once he was fit and available. He is expected to start again on Saturday.

George Evans (CM)

The 24-year-old has featured in all of Derby’s previous six league encounters and should once again pair up with Bryson in the middle of the park this weekend.

Martyn Waghorn (RW)

The former Rangers attacker has scored six times and set up three more in 26 matches across all competitions. He should feature on the right flank against the Tigers.

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Harry Wilson (CAM)

The on-loan Liverpool attacker has been a revelation for the Rams this term, scoring 12 goals and setting up four more in all competitions. A definite starter in the No.10 role.

Tom Lawrence (LW)

Fit-again former Manchester United academy graduate was back into the starting XI against Preston and should once again feature from kick-off on Saturday against Hull.

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David Nugent (ST)

With Jack Marriott still a doubt to play, David Nugent is likely to continue spearheading the attack for Derby. The striker, who is in the final year of his contract with the Rams, needs to step up, having scored only twice all season.

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