Date: 10th September 2019 at 7:30am
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Josh Bowler joined Hull City on a season-long loan in July and has been in and out of the first-team under Grant McCann. The 20-year-old has made five appearances in all competitions for Hull, amassing 197 minutes, but Bowler has yet to make his full debut in the Championship.

The wide-man came off the bench in Hull’s 2-1 defeat to Swansea City (August 3), picking up 21 minutes of playing time at the Liberty Stadium. He was then an unused substitute in City’s 2-1 win over Reading (August 10) and 1-1 draw with Brentford (August 17) before returning three days later against Blackurn Rovers – Bowler played for 23 minutes in a 1-0 defeat.

He made a cameo appearance in a 2-0 loss to Bristol City (August 24) which was his last league outing. McCann left him on the bench against Millwall (August 31) before the international break and understandably appears to prefer Jarrod Bowen (six games, three goals, one assist) & Kamil Grosicki (six games, one goal, one assist) on the wings.

Bowler has been given a run-out in the EFL Cup first round against Tranmere Rovers (August 13) and second round against Preston North End (August 27) but finds himself struggling for more opportunities in the league. He has stiff competition for a starting place and will need to work hard on the training ground to stand a chance of starting in the Championship.

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