Former England international Danny Mills has admitted that he believes West Ham signing Jarrod Bowen is a strong piece of business and has predicted that he will excel at his new club.
The 23-year-old joined the Hammers from Hull City on transfer deadline day for a fee of £20 million, signing a five-and-a-half-year contract at the London Stadium (BBC Sport).
David Moyes will hope that Bowen add goals which can help the club stay in the Premier League, indeed they currently sit in the relegation zone with just 13 games left to play (BBC Sport). Mills certainly thinks that West Ham have made a good signing here, suggesting that they got him for a good price and that he could make an instant impact for the east London outfit.
When asked whether Bowen could be a success in the top flight, Mills told Football Insider: “You can’t see why not. When you look at other teams that have come up and players that have done well, players at the likes of Brighton, Bournemouth, Sheffield United.
“He was in the team of the year last year in the Championship, 16 goals at Hull this season, a wide player that’s got plenty of energy – I think it’s a very shrewd move from West Ham.
“The fee wasn’t extortionate, they get a player that could make an impact immediately, might nick you a few goals and might help to keep you up but if it’s not to be the case you’ve got a player who’s going to be incredible next year in the Championship if not the Premier League.”
Mills is right here, on paper the arrival of Bowen looks a big positive. He is not an out and out striker but instead someone who tends to start out wide and drift into goal scoring positions.
Despite not being a true centre-forward, he is still a player who is clinical when he gets a chance in front of goal. Indeed, he scored 22 goals in the Championship last season in 46 games (Transfermarkt) and he improved his goals to games ratio this term with 16 strikes in 29 (Transfermarkt).
Are West Ham too good to go down?
Given his record this year he should be full of confidence and he could add goals to their front line, something which has been lacking of late with Sebastien Haller having netted just twice in his last 19 appearances in all competitions (Transfermarkt).
And as Mills says, he may well help them stay up but if they do go down they have a proven Championship goal scorer who can help them bounce straight back.
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