The injury problems continue to mount up for West Ham this week having already lost captain Declan Rice to a knee problem.
As reported by The Times, David Moyes looks set to be without star forward Michail Antonio for the majority of the Premier League run-in. The 31-year-old was in menacing form at Molineux but pulled up before half time with a fresh hamstring issue.
The injury creates further problems for Moyes and his staff. Antonio is the only recognised striker at the club following Sebastian Haller’s departure in January. The Hammers still have to face European rivals Leicester City, Chelsea and Everton at home in the league.
It’s dreadful news for the club, there’s no other way to put it. We’re left with virtually no options up top as a result of this. Andriy Yarmolenko is still out and Mipo Odubeko isn’t quite ready for the top-flight.
Jarrod Bowen is the only logical solution to this problem. In fairness to him, Bowen made an instant impact on Monday. He scored what turned out to be the winner on the night.
He’s played up top for us already this season, but it just isn’t the same as having Antonio lead the line. That said, Bowen will be confident going into the clash with Leicester.
The winger scored his third goal of the season in the reverse clash at the King Power Stadium in our emphatic 3-0 win. Having gone seven games without any goal involvements, Bowen now has two in his last two games and looks full of confidence again.
He now has seven league goals and three assists this season, despite being in and out of the starting XI. Against Wolves he was fantastic, completing 85% of his passes and registering three attempts on goal [WyScout].
Bowen will be a quick solution to our striking crisis this weekend. He led the line excellently against Sheffield United in our 3-0 win at the London Stadium. In fact, five of his seven league goals have come at home.
He appears to be the only logical solution for Moyes and his staff at the moment. Rest assured, Bowen is absolutely capable of playing up top and leading the line.
In other West Ham news, Keith Hackett expects an FA investigation for this incident at the end of the Wolves clash.