Micah Richards absolutely raved about West Ham ace Jarrod Bowen when speaking to The Daily Mail and lifted the lid on the way in which David Moyes tries to get the best out of the 25-year-old.
Bowen has been in scintillating form for the Hammers so far this season.
The former Hull City attacker has bagged five goals and 10 assists in 28 games in all competitions for West Ham this term (Transfermarkt).
The 25-year-old is David Moyes’s ideal player. Not only is he technically brilliant but he also has arguably the best work-rate in the Premier League out of all the attacking players.
The Scot often plays down Bowen’s form, however, instead choosing to highlight where he can improve.
Micah Richards lights lid on David Moyes and how he handles Jarrod Bowen
The West Ham boss has always played it cool with the media when discussing his players. He rarely talks them up and often plays down their ability.
And Richards told the Daily Mail what he’s heard about Moyes when it comes to the way in which he talks about his players in public:
“This may seem an early call – a big and bold one, too – but the West Ham forward is my dark horse to make England’s World Cup squad. I’ve been watching him closely for a long time and the more I see of him, the more he impresses me. West Ham are having a fantastic season but it feels like the only players who get singled out regularly for praise are Declan Rice and Michail Antonio. Bowen is just as big a part of it all and has been liberated by not having the pressure of needing to score all the goals, as was the case at Hull. In David Moyes, he has a manager who will keep squeezing improvement from him. I’ve been told by those who have played under Moyes that he would often hold back on giving his players praise, as he wanted them to keep their feet on the ground and keep them hungry. Those qualities are leaping out of Bowen, who was one of six players to assist more than 10 goals in 2021. Expect his progress to continue.”
Moyes really is a wily old fox.
The 58-year-old Scot has always demanded more from his players, however good they are.
His greatest strength is getting every single ounce of effort out of his players. His reluctance to praise them to the hilt means that they will always be striving to prove themselves to him.
Moyes deserves great credit for the job that he has done at West Ham. He has improved nigh on every single player at the London Stadium.
And Richards’ comments on the Scot’s methods offer a great insight into how he continues to get the best out of the West Ham players.