David Moyes suggested that he didn’t understand why Jarrod Bowen chose not to head the ball into the back of the net against Leeds in the dying minutes yesterday.
The 25-year-old has been in sensational form for the Hammers over the past month or so.
Bowen has bagged five goals and four assists in his last seven games for West Ham and he has chalked up nine goals and 10 assists in total in 31 outings this season (Transfermarkt).
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That fine form does not mean that he is immune from criticism though.
Bowen missed an absolute sitter yesterday against Leeds. The hard-working winger had a golden opportunity to earn the Hammers a point when Michail Antonio whipped in a cross in the 94th minute.
With an open goal gaping, Jarrod decided to try and score with his chest, rather than heading the ball into the open net. And that decision baffled the West Ham manager.
David Moyes baffled by Jarrod Bowen miss
The fans inside the London Stadium and those watching on television were shocked as Bowen chested Antonio’s cross over the bar in stoppage time against Leeds yesterday.
And it seems as though Moyes was equally perplexed.
The Scot told reporters that he did not understand Bowen’s decision to chest the ball rather than head it, as quoted by Football.London:
“I can’t see why he would not head it instead of chest it in. I can understand if it is a decision between your feet and head sometimes you might decide that but I cannot see the decision between the chest and your head. But Jarrod scored a great goal today and has done a lot of good things for us and it happens. We should not have been in that position in the first place but for lots of different reasons we were.”
Everyone makes mistakes.
Sure, yesterday’s one from Bowen was an absolute shocker. That doesn’t mean that everyone should pile in on him though.
The 25-year-old is human, it’s as simple as that. He has been absolutely brilliant for West Ham this season and we wouldn’t be in the position that we are currently in if it wasn’t for him.
Bowen, alongside Declan Rice, has undoubtedly been the Hammers’ stand-out performer over the past six weeks or so.
Hopefully he bounces back quickly from yesterday’s miss against Leeds. There’s no reason why he shouldn’t. Everyone at West Ham is right behind the former Hull City ace.