Jarrod Bowen spoke exclusively to the Evening Standard, and shared something that he did not realise about West Ham before he joined the club.
The 23-year-old joined the Hammers from Hull City on transfer deadline day in January for around £22 million (The Guardian).
He is still yet to make a start for West Ham, however, with David Moyes preferring to leave him on the bench.
And considering Bowen racked up 16 goals and seven assists in 29 Championship appearances for the Tigers earlier this season (Who Scored), that really is a baffling move from the Scot.
The Hammers fans will be hoping that he is given a chance sooner rather than later, however.
Pressure to succeed at West Ham is huge
The east London outfit are a big club with a massive fan base. And sometimes that can prove to be difficult for new arrivals to deal with.
The 23-year-old former Hereford attacker told the Evening Standard just how big West Ham is as a football club:
“I’ve always dreamed of walking out to play in a huge stadium in front of a big crowd and now, hopefully, that will happen. You only have to do the numbers to realise what a big club this is — 54,000 season-ticket holders and a 60,000 capacity. I didn’t realise quite how big the stadium is. The first time I walked out onto the pitch was the night I signed and the sheer size of it just hit me.”
He didn’t seem to be overawed by the atmosphere at Anfield on Monday night, however. So that’s a very good sign in itself.
Hopefully Bowen gets his chance to make his debut at the London Stadium against Southampton on Saturday. And he really should be playing from the start.
West Ham really need the 23-year-old to show his best form between now and the end of the season. David Moyes must start him on a regular basis, however, in order for that to happen.