'Terribly negative' - These West Ham fans react to baffling Moyes statement
The West Ham United supporters finally got their wish on Saturday afternoon when January signing Jarrod Bowen lined up in the starting line-up.
The 23-year-old was included from the get-go against Southampton in the Hammers’ crunch Premier League clash.
That fact was a tonic for the Irons supporters, although it certainly came as a surprise given manager David Moyes’ comments on Friday.
The Scot delivered a baffling message on Bowen at his pre match press conference, seemingly playing down the attacker’s role at the club.
“I’ll assess Jarrod, see where he is at. I want Jarrod to be for the long-term. If we’re signing a boy from Hull and trying to find a way for him to be the saviour, that’s wrong,” he said, as per Football London.
That’s a bizarre way to talk about a player who was signed for big money mid-season and with massive expectations on his shoulders.
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It’s also disrespectful to the player’s former club, Hull City. Moyes is suggesting you can’t sign difference-making players from a team like the Tigers.
The likes of Harry Maguire and Andrew Robertson would suggest that that very much is not the case.
The Hammers supporters certainly didn’t like what Moyes had to say, with one labelling him ‘terribly negative’.
Here are the best reactions from the West Ham fans…
“If we're hiring David Moyes and trying to find a way for him to be our saviour then we're approaching it wrong."
— Wayne Shirley (@whirley84) February 28, 2020
Terribly negative response as you say Dan. For an experienced manager it's amateur hour.
— Kim P (@KimWHU) February 28, 2020
You're assuming Moyes' wanted him…
He was DS's choice, his boys are mates with Bowen's agent. Also MP,MH & their scouting team took their data with them leaving us without time to scout
This is why PL teams need a DOF, scouting/analysis team who work with the manager & owners
— Irons In The Fire #GSBOUT (@I_I_T_F) February 28, 2020
Surely a ‘saviour’ is exactly what we were trying to sign in Jan?
— Geo Mackie (@redhammer8) February 28, 2020
Nobody has ever suggested he is our saviour. He was however an expensive signing at a time when it was clear we would be in a relegation battle and we needed a signing to help save us. His comments are astounding Dan.
— Vince (@cenzo147) February 28, 2020
Bizarre and yet sadly in line with pretty much everything else that has come out of his mouth since he joined.
— Alex Taylor (@tazzy_boy23) February 28, 2020
Just another in the long line of signings that a West Ham manager didn’t want.
— VINNYWHUFC (@vinnywhufc) February 28, 2020
I'm concerned we'll end up with another Hugill situation.
— Darren (@DarrenDilliway) February 28, 2020
Talking about building the fella's confidence up…..
— Steve 🏴 ⚒ (@hornchurchammer) February 28, 2020
In other West Ham news, the club are reportedly preparing to sell an in-form young starlet this summer.