West Ham might have signed Jarrod Bowen because of his Championship pedigree and the fact that he will be perfect for them if they do in fact go down this season. That’s according to former Hammers Glen Johnson, when speaking exclusively to the Daily Star.
The east London outfit signed the 23-year-old from Hull City on transfer deadline day for around £22 million (The Guardian).
And he arrives at the club with a big reputation.
Bowen was on fire for Hull this season in the Championship, racking up 16 goals and seven assists in 29 games (Who Scored).
And West Ham fans will be hoping that the former Tigers ace hits the ground running in east London.
If Bowen fails to make an instant impact, however, the Hammers could very well be doomed this season.
“The owners have spent a bit of money on him, but ideally you want someone who is established in the Premier League. Are they tactically buying that player and thinking ‘well we might be down, but he’s a great player for the Championship next year’. Hopefully not. Fingers crossed he goes in and does wonders – but you can’t pin your survival hopes on him. He’s obviously a young kid and is walking into a league that’s completely different.”
With the difficulty of the games that lie ahead for West Ham, they will be desperate for Bowen to instantly find his feet in the Premier League. And that really is a lot of pressure to put on a young man’s shoulders.
Let’s hope he thrives off the pressure and fires the Hammers to safety between now and May.
Bowen could get his first chance to impress away at Manchester City today. And what better stage for the 23-year-old to strut his stuff than the Etihad in front of the live cameras.