By George Overhill

13th May, 2022 | 9:40pm

West Ham United star Jarrod Bowen reacts to award nomination with first ever Twitter post

West Ham star Jarrod Bowen joined Twitter straight after his nomination for Premier League Player of the Year and staged a giveaway in his first post.

The Hammers winger was named on the eight-man shortlist for the award in recognition of his excellent form this season where he has scored 16 goals and assisted 13 more in all competitions.

Such form has been duly rewarded with the nomination but it is likely to increase interest in the man who has frequently been linked with Liverpool.

The 25-year-old arrived on the social media platform Friday (13 May), apparently in reaction to the news and wrote: “Finally on Twitter. Thought I’d start off with a giveaway… To enter just retweet for a chance to win my shirt and boots worn this season”.

Fan favourite

Ex-Hull man Bowen is sure to get plenty of uptake on the competition as young fans will be clamouring to get their hero’s kit.

While he is unlikely to win the league award, with the likes of Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah and Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne also on the list, it makes official what Irons fans have seen all season, that he has been one of the top players in the division.

It will also boost his claims for an England cap, and perhaps a place in the World Cup squad this winter.

With so many rivals for wide spots in the Three Lions squad having down years, such as Manchester United pair Jadon Sancho and Marcus Rashford, the door is surely open.

He will face competition from fellow-award nominee Bukayo Saka, but Bowen’s outstanding league form, and crucial role as the Hammers took centre stage on their run to the Europa League semi-finals will have done his chances no harm.

Wins in the final two games of the season should secure a place in next year’s competition as well, so fans will hope he can replicate his heavy goal involvement a few final times.

In other West Ham news, Declan Rice’s camp dismissed the huge contract they just turned down as a David Sullivan stunt.

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