West Ham United supporters believe they witnessed the birth of a new star on Saturday in the shape of Jarrod Bowen.
Hammers fans had been calling on manager David Moyes to finally give the £20million January signing his full debut.
Late cameo appearances in defeats at Manchester City and Liverpool had given West Ham fans a glimpse of what Bowen was all about.
Bowen shines on West Ham debut
But the exciting star shone on his full debut with a superb goal and brilliant all round play.
The former Hull City man’s run and finish for the goal had shades of Kenny Dalglish.
And by the time he left the pitch to a standing ovation from West Ham fans Bowen had worked his socks off for the cause, providing a pacy, tenacious threat throughout.
Speaking in his column in The Daily Mail, Jamie Redknapp revealed he had spoken to Bowen prior to the attacker making his West Ham bow.
Redknapp told Bowen to have belief
And Redknapp said he offered him some advice about making the big step up to the Premier League.
“The best advice I could offer him, after seeing how he scored so freely for Hull and his confidence in the Championship, was not to be intimidated,” Redknapp told The Daily Mail.
“I told him to enjoy it and embrace it. Players who make the move into the Premier League have a habit of thinking their new opponents are better than they are. That’s partly because the majority of them are household names and they’re used to watching them compete on Sky Sports rather than competing with them.
“When making that step up, half the battle is believing you can cut it at this level. Bowen showed he has that belief against Southampton on Saturday.”
New star is born and he can be the saviour
That he did.
And if he continues in that vein it will give West Ham a huge boost in their battle for survival.
The 3-1 victory over Southampton lifted West Ham out of the relegation zone.
But victory for Watford and a draw for Bournemouth means they are now only out of the bottom three on goal difference.
With 10 games to go West Ham realistically need to win four to secure safety.
Bowen can have a big say in that.