Derby County defender Max Lowe is relishing the challenge of coming up against in-form Jarrod Bowen on Saturday afternoon when Hull City visit to Pride Park Stadium in the Sky Bet Championship (3pm kick-off).
The form of full-back Lowe has been a positive for the Rams in recent months and his progression has been clear to see.
He has excelled at both left back and when called upon, has slotted in nicely at right back, earning plaudits for his displays.
Bowen, at the age of 23, is reported to have attracted interest from a lot of Premier League sides and continues to impress on Humberside.
He has 17 goals in 29 games in all competitions this season for the Tigers, but Lowe is looking forward to the test.
“If I play on Saturday, I’m looking forward to it,” he told RamsTV. “I’m going to try my best to keep him quiet and hopefully we can get the win.
“It’s going to be a team effort; it’s not just going to be me defending one-on-one at all times, it might be someone else getting pulled out of position so we are aware of him and his talents but we need to look at ourselves before anything else.”
The forward netted both goals in the 2-0 defeat at the KCOM Stadium back in October, however, that did not tell the full story from the game,
“We started off well, to be fair,” Lowe said. “They nicked two goals in the second half.
“There is not a lot between us so we are confident that we can get the three points if we perform right.
“We have had a good week of training so hopefully we can carry that on to Saturday’s game and we are all looking forward to it.”
Derby’s home form has been impressive this season with seven win and five draws from their 14 games at Pride Park.
Back-to-back wins against Charlton Athletic and Barnsley either side of the New Year has boosted confidence and a pleasing aspect has been the emergence of several young players who have made an impact.
Jason Knight and Max Bird have excelled, whilst Louie Sibley and Morgan Whittaker continue to show glimpses of their undoubted talents.
Lowe, an Academy graduate himself, now finds himself as an older professional helping to guide them along the right path.
Whilst he joked that he felt ‘old’ around them, he still believes there is no better feeling than representing the club he supports.
“The fans are always class and they always turn out no matter who we play against,” he said. “As an Academy boy, that’s what you look up to playing at home.
“You never take it for granted and we all buzz off it so hopefully we can keep the strong home form going and we are confident that every time we play at home then it’s going to be a good environment to play in.
“I’m feeling a little bit old now. There was a picture on Instagram the other day with me, Jayden Bogle and Jason Knight and they are a couple of years younger than me.
“Max Bird has also come on the scene and done great in back-to-back games in the league. Louie Sibley and Morgan Whittaker have been good and there is a lot coming through.
“They are showing it on the training pitch and they are getting opportunities in games as well so it’s nice to see.”