By Peter Lynch

24th Mar, 2023 | 10:10pm

Jarrod Bowen shares verdict on West Ham United relegation battle

West Ham winger Jarrod Bowen “only ever wanted” to be a footballer, with the 26-year-old now living his dream at the East London club, according to the official Premier League website.

Bowen previously lined out for non-league side Hereford United and Hull City before his switch to the Hammers in January 2020.

And he has now revealed that the only career he ever considered taking up was that of professional football, with the forward now well-established in the top flight.

“I only ever wanted football,” Bowen told the official Premier League website. “I didn’t like school, I didn’t really listen in school… I always wanted to be a footballer. I didn’t want to do my GSCEs but I did them – it was just football, football, football!”

And discussing the current relegation fight that West Ham are involved in, Bowen noted: “I think anything that happens now you are ready to deal with it.”

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From humble beginnings, Bowen has climbed the football ladder to become one of the stars of the Premier League at West Ham, with all his hard work at lower levels paying off.

His story is a heartwarming one, with the winger rapidly approaching his 150th appearance for the Hammers.

He has scored 37 goals and registered 26 assists in that time, with his fine feats earning him a call up to the England squad, with Bowen making four caps for his country so far.

The forward’s statistics have dried up somewhat amid a disappointing campaign for his club, with Bowen recently admitting that he was rightfully overlooked for a place in the latest Three Lions squad.

His season could potentially end in both glory and failure, with the Hammers in real danger of being relegated to the Championship, but they are also going strong in the last eight of the Europa Conference League.

If West Ham do suffer the drop, it would be foolish to rule out Bowen staying in the division by securing a summer transfer to another club.