Former England international striker Darren Bent has praised the West Ham United owners for the signing of Jarrod Bowen in the January transfer window.
The 23-year-old joined the Hammers from Hull City on deadline day, signing a five-and-a-half year deal and arriving for a fee of around £20 million (BBC Sport).
It was reported that Crystal Palace were also keen on the forward, but were ultimately pipped to the post by their London rivals. Indeed Roy Hodgson recently indicated that the Eagles couldn’t compete with West Ham who offered the money up front, whereas Palace were looking at an initial loan deal (News Shopper).
Bent believes that Bowen is a really good signing for the Irons and also insisted that the club’s owners, David Gold and David Sullivan, deserve credit for helping to get a deal done for the ex-Hereford man.
Speaking about the signing of Bowen, Bent told Football Insider: “It was a positive that they nabbed him from Crystal Palace. Well done to the owners for pulling that off. He has to go straight into the team because he is a very good player.
“He was flying for Hull and what he injects into that team which they have been missing is pace. Hopefully, he can hit the ground running.”
Bent is correct in what he says here. Whilst the West Ham owners may not be flavour of the month at the moment, indeed some fans are planning a protest in their upcoming match against Liverpool (The Telegraph), they did finance the deal to get Bowen to the club.
After all, he is a goal scorer as proven by his time at Hull where he scored 38 goals in his last 75 appearances in the Championship (Transfermarkt).
The Hammers needed to add more goals to their team with striker Sebastien Haller having netted just twice in his last 19 outings in all competitions (Transfermarkt) and both Gold and Sullivan parted with a sizeable fee to bring a new player in right at the end of the transfer window.
David Moyes’ side currently find themselves in the bottom three with 13 games to play (BBC Sport). Adding Bowen could prove to be the difference between staying up or being relegated, so the club’s owners do deserve credit for making money available to get this signing over the line.
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