By Beck Pascal

30th Dec, 2021 | 5:15pm

David Moyes hails 'important' West Ham maestro Jarrod Bowen

David Moyes has not held back when praising West Ham winger, Jarrod Bowen, ahead of their trip to Crystal Palace on Saturday (January 1).

The 25-year-old bagged a brace of assists in the Hammers’ 4-1 thumping of Watford on Tuesday (December 28). 

His man of the match performance at Vicarage Road saw Bowen move up to 15 goal involvements in all competitions for the Irons this campaign.

The Englishman’s form this season has been enough for David Moyes to single him out, he said during the Crystal Palaces v West Ham pre match press conference

“I don’t think it’s solely down to fitness, I think it’s having time to adapt to the Premier League. I think Jarrod’s got used to it.

“He did come back in a really good condition this summer – he’s probably the player who hit the ground running more than anybody.

“He’s certainly showed a level of consistency to keep getting assists and goals which have been really important.”

Slow burn

His quality is clear, and he has shown clear signs of what he is capable of, but Bowen has taken it to the next level this season and has started performing consistently for the Hammers. 

The former Hull City man has spent quite some time out of the West Ham team since joining with the stop-start nature of his game time hindering his development at the club. 

Coming off the back of a positive pre-season, the Hammers winger hasn’t looked back, solidifying himself as one of this season’s stand out players – maybe even player of the season if this form continues.  

Transfer rumours linking the winger to a big move couldn’t be any more untimely with Bowen just hitting his stride in claret and blue. Despite reported interest from Liverpool, Bowen should stay put. 

He is in a great place in terms of his career, regularly starting and making an impact for West Ham.

The rumours will flatter him but that should be it. It would be a silly decision to move to another club and risk all of the progress he has made this season by sitting on the bench as a backup player.

In other West Ham news, The Irons may be forced to sign below-par striker in January – report