West Ham United have a future star on their hands in £22 million attacker Jarrod Bowen, with teammate Robert Snodgrass hailing the ‘terrific’ impact of their January signing, while speaking to the Hammers’ official website.
It is hard to believe Bowen was playing Championship football this time last year.
After all, it took no time at all for the one-time Hull City talisman to establish himself as one of the most exciting young forwards in the Premier League.
Bowen’s speed, skill and defence-splitting vision immediately made him one of the first names on David Moyes’ team-sheet, with a goal and an assist in the nail-biting 2-1 victory over Aston Villa last week highlighting the winger’s match-winning abilities.
At just 23, the diminutive wide man is only going to improve alongside Declan Rice and co with West Ham finally looking like a club heading in the right direction under Moyes.
“First and foremost, Jarrod is a great kid, and he wants to learn. He wants to be better. He gets his head down and he wants to help the team by becoming a better player,” said Snodgrass, who has played just one minute of league football this season thanks in part to Bowen’s fine form.
“He’s listening to the staff and his teammates around him, and I believe he can go on to have a fantastic career at West Ham.
“He started the season really well and he’s scored a few goals, but the biggest thing for me is to try to challenge Jarrod, although I might be centre midfield, I might be right midfield or left midfield – I’ve played in a lot of positions at West Ham!
“It’s hard enough as it is for Jarrod to deliver in the Premier League, being a young kid and coming on a big transfer fee, so for me, my job is to try to give him little bits of information.
“He’s already building relationships with full-backs, strikers, and midfield men running in behind – it’s what’s got him there – so now it’s just little cute things he can add to his game to become a mainstay in the Premier League.
He’s got all the attributes to do so and he’s got the right attitude. West Ham have got a terrific player.”
Snodgrass is not the only big-name, high-earner who has lost his place to Bowen in recent months.
The £100,000-a-week, former Dortmund star Andriy Yarmolenko has also spent much of this season gathering dust on the bench with West Ham’s £22 million investment looking like money well spent.