A Premier League report claims a big problem between Michail Antonio and Jarrod Bowen has been central to West Ham United’s demise.

There is no hiding the fact West Ham are struggling.

Five defeats from the opening seven games of the new Premier League season tells its own story of West Ham’s woe.

But as Hammers fans know, the malaise can be charted back to last November.

West Ham’s form dropped off a cliff back then and has never recovered. The statistics show David Moyes’ side hit a wall 10 months ago and are struggling to scale it.

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West Ham have a points per game ratio that sits in the bottom three of the league since then with 37 from their last 34 top flight matches.

Fans have been trying to put their finger on why. So too has Moyes with the blame inevitably falling at his door as reports emerge claiming he has five games to save his job.

Despite spending £170m on eight new players, Moyes is struggling to find the right system and balance in his team.

And the Scot has come in for increasing criticism over tactics and team selection.

West Ham have been heavily reliant on Michail Antonio under Moyes.

So when his form and goals dried up last season, West Ham were bailed out by the inspired Jarrod Bowen who started producing quality performances on a consistent basis.

But this term Bowen has struggled too.

Now a new report claims a big problem between Antonio and Bowen has been central to the West Ham demise.

An in-depth analysis by the Premier League shows that West Ham were at their best under Moyes when Antonio and Bowen were combining regularly with one another in attack.

But their statistics show an alarming drop off between the Hammers duo which Prem analysts claim sits at the very heart of West Ham’s struggles.

The analysis highlights that the pair have passed to one another just 14 times in the seven Premier League games so far this season.

“The pair tormented a range of opponents last term, but their combinations in recent weeks have been rare,” the Premier League reports.

“Antonio has not found Bowen with more than one pass in a match all season.

“Across the board, Bowen has been on the periphery. During their 2-1 loss at Chelsea, only four West Ham players found Bowen with a pass.

“To his credit, Bowen is working hard and has enjoyed more touches inside the opposition box than any of his team-mates. But his decision-making and quality in those key situations have let him down so far.

“From 15 attempts on goal, Bowen has only found the target once, compared with 34 on target from 79 shots in 2021/22.

“West Ham’s slow build-up play this season has not helped him get into enough promising positions, but the winger must take a little more care with his shooting…

“The Hammers have been involved in tight, hard-fought contests in all seven fixtures, but in open play their creativity needs work.”

You can say that again. But with the likes of Lucas Paqueta, Said Benrahma, Pablo Fornals, Maxwel Cornet, Bowen, Antonio and Gianluca Scamacca, creativity and attacking threat should not be in short supply at West Ham.

Moyes must take the shackles off and settle on a new-look team and system. And fast.


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