West Ham United boss David Moyes cannot continue to ignore new signing Jarrod Bowen.
That’s according to Premier League legend Kevin Phillips.
Bowen has played just 15 minutes of football for West Ham with two substitute cameos since signing for £22million in January.
But speaking to Football Insider, Phillips said he believes the exciting young forward will make his first start for West Ham in their crucial game against Southampton this Saturday.
Phillips predicts Moyes will start Bowen vs Saints
And he predicts that will be bad news for Michail Antonio or Robert Snodgrass.
“It is not going to be long before Moyes starts him in a game,” Phillips told Football Insider.
“Saturday could be the one with Antonio and Snodgrass having had tough games against Manchester City and Liverpool.
“We have seen it already this season at Hull, he gets into goalscoring positions and West Ham certainly need players who can put the ball in the back of the net. I expect him to have more game time between now and the end of the season.”
Moyes reluctance puzzles Hammers fans
Moyes reluctance to throw Bowen into the mix has puzzled West Ham fans.
The Hammers are desperate for goals, pace and ultimately points.
Bowen is unlikely to stay if West Ham are relegated as the deal to sign him from Hull was only completed at the 11th hour because the Hammers agreed to his demands for a relegation release clause of £25million.
So you would think Moyes would be making the most of his talents to try and keep West Ham up.
The East Londoners face a hugely tense run-in.
West Ham must use Bowen while they still can
After winning just once in Moyes’s first eight games the Hammers are in the relegation zone.
Realistically West Ham must win five of their remaining 11 games to survive.
They have the fixtures to do it with the likes of Southampton, Watford, Aston Villa and Burnley to play at home and Newcastle and Norwich away.
But the pressure on those games will be intense. There was however extremely positive signs from the 3-2 defeat to Liverpool last time out.
If West Ham can perform like that for the rest of the season they can do it and keep Bowen at the club in the process.