It was a quiet window in terms of incomings for Manchester United last month, with no notable new arrival joining the club.
An inactive January isn’t unusual though for big clubs with the winter transfer window notoriously being a difficult one in which to land targets for a reasonable fee.
However, elsewhere in the Premier League there were some notable moves, particularly from some of United’s biggest rivals.
Manchester City brought in exciting youngster Julian Alvarez from River Plate, whilst Liverpool signed forward Luis Diaz from Porto.
Diaz had enjoyed a standout season in Portugal prior to his switch, netting 16 goals whilst registering a further five assists.
The 25-year-old is an accomplished wider attacker, hinting that he might have been brought in by Liverpool to replace one of Sadio Mane or Mohamed Salah, both of whom are heading towards the twilight years of their careers.
Yet in the short term, those two are contracted at the club until at least next summer, as is Roberto Firmino whilst there’s also Diogo Jota and Harvey Elliot already tied down on long-term deals too.
This means it’s unlikely that we will see Liverpool recruit any more forward players in the next window. This could be crucial from a United perspective given the performances of one of the attackers heavily linked with a move to Anfield last year, West Ham’s Jarrod Bowen.
Jurgen Klopp is said to be a huge admirer of the forward, and there was talk of Liverpool formalizing a bid for the West Ham man in the summer. But the same never materialised, and the door could now be opened for United to take advantage.
For whatever reason, Bowen’s abilities rarely grab the same level of attention as other more established Premier League players, however he’s fast becoming one of the division’s standout players, and is arguably England’s best current attacker.
Right now, the 25-year-old has scored six goals in his last six games and boasts a total of 21 goal involvements across the season so far. He’s actually registered more goal involvements than any other English player across the Premier League.
For West Ham, Bowen tends to feature on the right of the attack, despite being left-footed. Yet playing this position allows him to cut in onto his favored foot to unleash shots at goal, or thread passes through to teammates inside the box.
In terms of a profile, he’s robust, durable and a huge handful, able to dribble through opponents with surprising success.
This season according to Wyscout he has averaged 4.8 dribbles per 90, with a success rate of 47 per cent. Only Marcus Rashord from United’s current squad can better that output.
Beyond what he offers on the ball, another one of Bowen’s most appealing traits is his ethical work off it. He’s selfless, energetic and ideal to lead an aggressive press from the front. This is worth noting given the direction United are headed under Ralf Rangnick who will undertake a consultancy role when he steps aside as manager in the summer.
United will more than likely need to bring in a new right-sided attacker in the summer, and there are few better candidates than Bowen. The fact that Liverpool were so keen on him should encourage United further to sign him, particularly given their success in the transfer market across recent years.