By Beck Pascal

16th May, 2022 | 12:45pm

Alan Shearer wowed by 'excellent' West Ham ace Jarrod Bowen v Manchester City

Alan Shearer has held back no praise for West Ham winger Jarrod Bowen after he gave Manchester City a “torrid time” on Sunday [May 15]. 

The 25-year-old scored an emphatic first-half brace against the league leaders who came back in the second half to end the game 2-2 at the London Stadium. 

With the 2022 World Cup in Qatar at the end of the year – Shearer was adamant the levels the Irons winger has shown are enough for an England call up. 

Speaking on Match of the Day 2, Shearer said: “He has to have played himself into the England squad this summer considering the lack of form of other players in that position.

“He gave [Oleksandr] Zinchenko a torrid time, it was a very well-timed run and that was an excellent finish.”

Consistent.

That was a brilliant reminder to everyone that had forgotten amid his dip in form that Bowen is an excellent player.

Everyone was raving about him earlier this season but he has somewhat run out of steam towards the end of the campaign. 

That is by no means to discredit West Ham maestro because nobody can maintain those levels throughout the whole season. 

The former Hull City man has really proven himself this year after question marks surrounding his consistency last term. 

He – alongside Mo Salah – is the only player to hit double figures in goals and assists in the Premier League which is crazy.

Bowen was unlucky not to have come away with a hattrick with the brilliant chance carved out by Michail Antonio was blocked as it hurled towards goal with Ederson helpless which could have won the game. 

Nonetheless, it was a huge point in the fight for Europa League football next year as the Hammers push Manchester United to the last day for sixth place.

In other West Ham news, Martin Samuel has responded to the latest West Ham London Stadium developments dubbing it the “deal of the century”.

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