Mike Ashley made many awful decisions during his time as owner of Newcastle United Football Club – but few were worse than the one not to sign Jarrod Bowen.
Quite a lot of them revolved around player recruitment.
Moves were sanctioned for players that ultimately weren’t good enough.
And often, the former owner would not put his hand in his pocket for a player that could have made a difference.
One player that could have been a great addition for Newcastle, is Jarrod Bowen.
The winger was supposedly firmly in the club’s sights, and the Chronicle reported that he actually wanted a move to St. James’ Park.
But Newcastle abstained from getting involved in the bidding, and Bowen moved to West Ham United for a reported £22 million.
Steve Bruce didn’t cover himself in any glory either. He said at the time that he was happy with the options he had at his disposal.
And it has been a fantastic spell for the star since he made that move.
Bowen has scored 12 goals and made 15 assists so far for the Hammers.
Already this season, he has three goals and three goals and five assists across all competitions. He has undoubtedly been one of the star performers for David Moyes.
There is a lot of competition there with the likes of Said Benrahma, Pablo Fornals and Manuel Lanzini.
But Bowen’s talent has allowed him to start every single Premier League game so far. He has actually featured in all 17 of West Ham’s games in some capacity.
Bowen on the path to becoming a top Premier League player after Newcastle inaction
He hasn’t been at West Ham for very long, but Bowen is already catching the eye.
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has admitted he likes the 24-year-old ‘a lot’, and David Moyes has said he has been ‘knocking at the door for England’ (via Goal).
It can be argued that Bowen might not have had the same kind of rise had he gone to Newcastle instead.
Many Magpies fans will find it hard to accept, though, that he really could have signed.
Ashley made many poor player-related decisions at Newcastle.
But his refusal to pay up for a quality player like Bowen – who had been smashing the Championship at the time – has the potential to be one of his worst oversights.