West Ham boss David Moyes has once again suggested that he doesn’t want to rush Jarrod Bowen into action, and some Hammers fans have reacted angrily on Twitter to the Scot’s comments.
Bowen was signed from Hull City on transfer deadline day last month for around £22 million (The Guardian).
The 23-year-old is still yet to start a game for West Ham, however, having to make do with two late cameo appearances against Manchester City and Liverpool respectively.
The lively attacker was on fire for Hull in the Championship this season, racking up 16 goals and seven assists in 29 Championship outings (Who Scored).
The Hammers fans are desperate to see Bowen in action from the start tomorrow against Southampton.
But Moyes once again refused to get carried away when asked what the 23-year-old can bring to his team, as quoted by Football.London:
“I’ve got to use my experience. Players like Leighton Baines and Phil Jagielka took six months to settle into the Premier League, but others like Tim Cahill made an impact straight away. I’ll assess Jarrod and see where he is at. I want him to be for the long term. If we are signing a player from Hull and hoping him to be a saviour, I think that’s unfair, but he’s looking very good and very sharp.”
Moyes’s comments really are strange. Surely Bowen was signed with the precise intent for him to make an immediate impact?
West Ham are not currently in a situation where they can be patient with Bowen. They need him in the team and firing on all cylinders now.
And some Hammers fans took to Twitter in reaction to Moyes’s comments on the former Hull City ace…
Genuinely perplexed by this statement. Jarrod Bowen is comfortably in West Ham’s top 10 most expensive signings ever – and potentially in the top 5 depending on clauses etc. Surely that warrants Moyes finding a way at least to play him? https://t.co/CFR0dRiWx0
— Dan Silver (@dansilver_) February 28, 2020
— calum vango (@calumv89) February 28, 2020
Surely a ‘saviour’ is exactly what we were trying to sign in Jan?
— Geo Mackie (@redhammer8) February 28, 2020
An absolute indictment of his outmoded and outdated managerial style Dan. When the guy has a relegation clause and moyes obviously has reservations why did we sign him in the first place? He added so much pace and impetus against Liverpool then moyes talks like that
— dean hodges (@ludowhufc) February 28, 2020
“If we’re hiring David Moyes and trying to find a way for him to be our saviour then we’re approaching it wrong.”
— Wayne Shirley (@whirley84) February 28, 2020
I’m concerned we’ll end up with another Hugill situation.
— Darren (@DarrenDilliway) February 28, 2020
Talking about building the fella’s confidence up…..
— Steve Smith (@hornchurchammer) February 28, 2020
Hes doing himself no favours with getting the fans onside
— Daniel Coady coyi (@Coady86) February 28, 2020
So what was the point in signing him then? Surely if you sign a player for that money in January then it’s with a view to him actually being involved?
— Sean Fitzgerald (@S_Fitzy_87) February 28, 2020
It goes to show Moyes has no clue what he’s doing! Bowen should start because we need to play players who have confidence! Bowen was flying in the championship!
— Danny Tarron (@DannyT77) February 28, 2020
In other words they should not have bothered buying him then.
Is that what he’s saying??
— Phil Up (@Phil_at98) February 28, 2020
Wasn’t a Moyes signing then. He has to start. Anderson is a waste of space and Lanzini. They haven’t the stomach for the fight.
— Cheekster (@cheekychambers) February 28, 2020