More than a dozen Premier League clubs were interested in 23 year-old former Hull City winger Jarrod Bowen in the January transfer window before David Moyes’ West Ham managed to sign him on deadline day.
With the Irons currently sitting in 16th and battling with five other teams at the bottom of the league who are within eight points of each other, they needed some additions both for a morale boost and to give them a much-needed injection of quality to stay in England’s top flight.
At the time of his arrival, the Hammers were 17th and level on points with Watford in 19th (via Premier League) and confidence was low, which could be shown by the fact that their last five games at the time had them sitting 19th in the form table on only four points from a possible 15.
Bowen’s move cost £19.17m (per Transfermarkt) and the hype around him added a lot of weight on his shoulders to quickly deliver for West Ham, which it wasn’t made easier by the fact that his first two fixtures would come against Liverpool and Manchester City. Moyes understood this pressure and only gave him 16 minutes of game-time in the two matches but introduced him to the starting XI for a crucial fixture against Southampton (per Transfermarkt) .
After defeats to the top two, the Hammers won 3-1 at the London Stadium against the south coast side and Bowen picked up a 7.8 rating from Sofascore whilst also coming away with a goal on his full debut. He was also given the Man of the Match award, given to him not just for his goal but his overall performance.
Was Bowen a good signing?
As full debuts go, Bowen’s could not have gone any better and it definitely seemed to give fans and players hope that they could stay in the division. The Irons had one more game before football was postponed in March and it came against Arsenal, with Bowen named in the starting XI and getting his first proper chance to impress for West Ham against a top-half side.
Although the Hammers lost 1-0 at the Emirates, Bowen impressed again as he managed to pick up a 7.2 Sofascore rating, and his stats show that he definitely has potential to set the league alight as he was unlucky not to score after being denied by the woodwork. Out of the West Ham squad, his rating was third best on the pitch that day, and an average of two shots per game in his first four matches for the club highlights the player can become a genuine attacking threat for the team.
With Felipe Anderson off-form this season as he has only managed one goal and four assists so far, Bowen was exactly the type of signing needed to bring a greater threat from the flanks Also, with him being so young and immediately matching the level needed in the Premier League, there is no doubt that he can be the man to keep the Hammers up this season.
Their next three fixtures look daunting as they face Wolves, Tottenham and then Chelsea, but they then have vital matches against Burnley, Norwich and Newcastle, and based off of his performances against Arsenal and Southampton, Bowen can be the player to make or break the Hammers campaign and become the main man at London Stadium.
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