By George Overhill

21st Jan, 2022 | 9:27am

Jarrod Bowen training to play like Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery at West Ham

Jarrod Bowen’s development at West Ham has included training aimed at helping him emulate Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery, reports Roshane Thomas.

The Englishman has been in superb form this season and part of that can be attributed to video sessions and one-on-one duels with Hammers coach Stuart Pearce.

The former Bayern Munich wingers were both hugely successful players throughout their careers, winning multiple league titles and the Champions League.

Thomas writes in The Athletic: “The thinking behind this was to make Bowen feel comfortable using his weaker foot. Staff felt his tendency to cut in on his left meant he posed less of a threat.”

Aiming high

The ex-Hull City attacker has hit new heights this season, and has developed impressively in the two years since he arrived at the London Stadium.

His form has been particularly strong through a winter period that often sees players tire thanks to the festive workload, and this year has also featured extensive absences around the league with injuries, Covid-19, and international duty.

But Bowen has gone from strength to strength, and from the boxing day defeat to Southampton he has been involved in seven goals in six matches.

His display in the 2-0 league victory over Norwich was a particular stand out as he scored both goals, hit the woodwork twice, and had a third strike ruled out by VAR.

And it seems that the Hammers coaching staff should take their fair share of the credit for this for identifying a potential weakness in becoming too predictable, and implementing a scheme to improve it.

If Bowen can become a player even close to the quality of the illustrious European pair the plan can be considered a great success.

In other West Ham news, the Irons are reportedly looking to sign a wonderkid.