By Jonty Banks

23rd May, 2023 | 1:14pm

Garth Crooks names destructive Jarrod Bowen in BBC Team of the Week after West Ham United win v Leeds United

Garth Crooks has heaped praise on West Ham United attacker Jarrod Bowen after he “destroyed” Leeds United in the 3-1 win at the London Stadium.

Goals from Declan Rice, Bowen and Manuel Lanzini saw the Hammers cruise to all three points on Sunday (21 May) and continue the feel-good factor at the club after successfully reaching the Europa Conference League final.

Writing in his weekly BBC Sport column, Crooks named Bowen in his Premier League Team of the Week and waxed lyrical about his “exquisite” assist for the opening goal.

“When West Ham did get going they looked impressive with Pablo Fornals, Lucas Paqueta and Declan Rice all playing a major part,” he wrote.

“However, it was Jarrod Bowen’s performance that destroyed Leeds 3-1.

“His exquisite chip provided the opening for Rice to score, and was followed by a lovely strike with the outside of his left foot to put the game beyond the visitors. Leeds now have to beat Spurs at Elland Road to stand any chance of staying up.”

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Clicking into top gear

Although he endured a tough start to the season, Bowen has stepped up when his team, but more importantly, his manager needed him.

Since the turn of the New Year, the former Hull City player has scored six goals and contributed eight assists in all competitions.

Bowen seems to finally be clicking into his top gear, which was evident at the London Stadium last season, but now the worry for West Ham fans will be whether any clubs will come snooping for his services in the upcoming transfer window.

TalkSPORT reporter Alex Crook has already reported (6 April) that Eddie Howe is a long-term admirer of the 26-year-old and is interested in signing him this summer – news that will not go down well within the West Ham ranks.

With Lucas Paqueta beginning to hit top form and the likes of Kurt Zouma and Nayef Aguerd shining in defence, West Ham United should possess a strong spine heading into next season as long as these players aren’t poached by the Premier League’s elite.