Jarrod Bowen has to really step up now for West Ham United, if we are to have any chance whatsoever of enjoying a successful second half of the season.
The 26-year-old Hammers attacker hasn’t been anywhere near his best this season. In fact he has been very poor indeed and is lucky that David Moyes hasn’t dropped him once in the Premier League.
He recently risked the wrath of the West Ham fans by doing the ‘shush’ celebration after he scored against Everton – one that is usually reserved for rival fans.
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Bowen joined West Ham from Hull City way back in January 2020 for around £18 million (The Daily Mail).
In fairness to the hard-working forward, he has proven to be sensational value for money for the Hammers on the whole over the past three years.
However, his form this season has fallen off the edge of a cliff. The good news is that he seems to be returning back to somewhere near his best.
The challenge for Jarrod now will be to continue his goalscoring form from the last two games…
Jarrod Bowen must rise up to the challenge for West Ham
The 26-year-old needs to really lead by example for the Hammers now. We are bang in trouble, and with three very difficult games to come in the Premier League over the next couple of weeks, we could soon be sitting inside the relegation zone.
We all know what the ex-Hull City ace is capable of. He just needs to start showing it on a consistent basis now.
Bowen has already admitted that he was playing with fear for West Ham in the build-up to the World Cup due to the pressure involved with the chance of being called up for the England squad (Evening Standard).
Now’s the time for him to take that handbrake off though, and with three goals in his last two games for the Hammers, I feel as though Bowen can fire us to mid-table safety.
One thing that the 26-year-old absolutely must rediscover is the knack for making those runs into the penalty area within the width of the goal. He has been stuck out on the right hand flank far too much for my liking this season.
He did exactly that for his two goals against Everton and the strike against Derby. Jarrod Bowen needs to go back to basics and remember what made him so good for West Ham in the past.
The English winger could put himself back in the mind of Gareth Southgate with a good run of form between now and the end of the season. Let’s hope that he starts producing the goods for West Ham’s sake, and his own of course.
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