Bowen’s firing himself to a place in Gareth’s Three Lions squad

As Jarrod nears the 20-goal milestone, we look at what our winger can achieve

Jarrod Bowen (WHU) at the Brentford v West Ham United EPL match, at The G-Tech Stadium, Brentford, London, UK on 4th November, 2023.

I’m writing this after we capitulated against Newcastle. The fact that we shipped four goals and VAR shafted us, along with some typical Moyes’ in-game management, has taken the focus away from the three good goals we scored, one of which was Bowen’s 19th of the season.

For West Ham, across all competitions, Bowen has scored 19 goals, and has eight assists – not bad at all. Particularly as he did not have the best start to the season, and his indifferent form saw him lose his England squad place.

Since then, Bowen has got back on track, and been a vital piece of the West Ham puzzle, that often has to score several goals due to knowing our defence will ship at least that many. David Moyes once said: ‘You can’t find a better back-up to Mickey Antonio than Jarrod Bowen.’ 

And again, this season, Moyes has turned to the ex-Hull man when Antonio has been injured or struggling with form. Personally, I think Bowen is more effective on the right-wing, but you can see, with his eye for goal, why Moyes plays him up top.

A front three of Bowen, Paqueta and Kudos is mouth-watering, the trio linking up seamlessly, interchanging positions with pace and skill. When Moyes has been able to add Antonio into the mix too, we have seen some beautiful attacking play. An in-form Bowen, generally means an in-form  West Ham. 

In October last year, Bowen signed a seven-year contract, doubling his previous salary. On signing, he said: ‘I want to stay here for the rest of my career.’ Whether that happens, remains to be seen, but he does seem to have found a home at West Ham. It’s been some journey from playing for Leominster Juniors at the age of four, through to Hereford United, then Hull, and now with our very own West Ham. 

Revered by our fans and manager alike, he clearly loves playing in claret and blue. He’s settled in London, and of course, his other half – Dani Dyer – has recently given birth to twin girls. Signs point to a long stay, which would be fantastic for all concerned.

Particularly as we may struggle to hold on to Paqueta, and possibly Kudos this summer. Add in that a 34-year old Antonio can barely manage an hour on the pitch, and the importance of keeping Bowen at the club is amplified. He is the type of player that we need to keep and build around, if we want to continue to progress. 

Bowen regained his place in the England squad on the back of his impressive club form, and played well against Brazil, and even better against Belgium. His performance against Belgium was probably his best in an England shirt, and he thought he had his first international goal, only to see it ruled out for offside. 

Bowen looks in a good place to be a part of Southgate’s squad for Germany, and he was quoted on the BBC as saying: ‘There is no question I want it more than ever.’ The forward clearly loves playing for his country as much as his club, and it would be great to see him as part of the England squad for the Euros. 

He’s unlikely to start if Saka is fit, but could be a very handy squad player, and with injuries, you never know which door could open for you – remember Trevor Sinclair? Bowen’s impressive club from, along with some impressive displays for England, have once again seen him linked with Champions League sides, particularly Liverpool.

Klopp has long been an admirer of Bowen, but with him leaving, it remains to be seen whether Liverpool’s interest will continue. With Bowen on a long-term contract, it would take a gigantic bid, maybe of around £90 million plus to see him sold.

However, Bowen is 27, and if a team is going to pay big for him, now is probably the time. We must also remember who our Chairman is, and how much he likes a pound note. Bowen may look at how Declan Rice has developed since joining Arsenal, and fancy a shot at the Champions League himself.

Now Bowen will be focussed on propelling West Ham as far up the league as possible, together with trying to score the goals to propel us past a formidable Leverkusen.  Not a bad player to rely upon, though.

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