West Ham: Media hail Jarrod Bowen’s performance against Aston Villa
West Ham United winger Jarrod Bowen was hailed by the media for his performance against Aston Villa in the Premier League this afternoon.
The Lowdown: Points shared
The Hammers were undoubtedly the better team, recording far more shots and crafting more big opportunities than their opponents, but they were ultimately unable to make their superiority pay.
Villa opened the scoring in the first half through Ollie Watkins, before Said Benrahma converted a penalty less than ten minutes later to equalise, but given the chances his side created, David Moyes will be unhappy his side were unable to take all three points.
The Latest: Bowen praised
Despite Bowen being unable to weigh in with a goal or an assist, members of the media were quick to praise the impact that the winger had on the game.
ESPN analyst Luis Miguel Echegaray hailed the Englishman as being an ‘absolute nightmare’ for the Villa backline, while also praising him for the part he played in the first goal, and journalist Jonty Colman lauded him as ‘excellent’.
The Verdict: Solid performance
Even though the former Hull City man was unable to produce a winning goal, he more than played his part in helping his side pick up what could prove to be a vital point in the Premier League relegation battle.
Not only was his work down the right essential in the build-up to Benrahma’s goal, his dribbling posed a constant threat for Lucas Digne throughout the game, completing five of the six dribbles that he attempted, the highest amount of any player.
Today’s result leaves West Ham well in the mix at the bottom end of the table, so it is absolutely vital Bowen continues his form into their next Premier League match, which is a real relegation six-pointer against Southampton at the beginning of April.