Jarrod Bowen sat down for an exclusive interview with the club’s official website and said that he asked his Dad and his agent about how big West Ham United were before making his move to the club in January 2020.
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David Moyes brought the 24-year-old to the London Stadium from Hull City 15 months ago for around £22 million (The Guardian).
Bowen has proven to be an excellent signing for the Hammers for that money.
The former Hull City ace has racked up nine goals and 10 assists in 48 games for West Ham so far (Transfermarkt).
Jarrod Bowen opens up on West Ham move
There were plenty of clubs chasing the 24-year-old before he ended up moving to East London.
And Bowen opened up on the conversations he shared with his father and agent before joining West Ham, when speaking to WHUFC.com:
“Don’t get me wrong, when I was at Hull and it was the final day of the transfer window and bids got accepted it was a mad day. There were obviously thoughts in my mind that I didn’t just want to move to the Premier League. It had to be to the right club as I didn’t want to be back in the Championship in six months’ time. I had to take all that into consideration. There were talks with my Dad and my agent I just said: ‘Tell me the last time West Ham were in the Championship and how big the Club is?’ and when I thought about the fanbase around the world and size of the stadium, I thought ‘it’s not a Championship club’ and it doesn’t deserve to be in a relegation battle. This year shows the decision was right and it’s paid off.”
Bowen has been impressive for the Hammers.
The hard-working attacker clearly has another level that he is hasn’t yet reached, however.
Bowen certainly has the right manager in the form of David Moyes. Hopefully he just keeps getting better and better and helps West Ham reach another level as a club.
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The 24-year-old definitely has the talent to be a 10 goal, 10 assist man every season.
Whether he manages to produce those numbers consistently, however, remains to be seen.