West Ham’s Milky-Bar Kid Must Contribute More Goals

Jarrod Bowen, West Ham. (Photo by Chloe Knott - Danehouse/Getty Images)
Jarrod Bowen, West Ham. (Photo by Chloe Knott - Danehouse/Getty Images) /

Jarrod Bowen has seen his West Ham form dip over the last month. After a good start to the season, the 24-year-old has seen his output in front of goal drop recently. With injuries currently affecting the teams attack, Bowen will have to step up for the Hammers.

The Milky-Bar kid (as named by Athletic Journalist Roshane Thomas) has scored and assisted eight goals in the Premier League but has only managed two contributions in his last ten games. This reduction in Bowen’s threat has seen the club become more reliant on Tomas Soucek and Michail Antonio.

The goalscoring burden could fall back on to Bowen as it seems Antonio is unable to fully recover from his hamstring injury. The striker has struggled for over the last two months with this problem. With the games coming so quickly it is unlikely Antonio will be allowed the opportunity to have a proper rest until it is too late.

West Ham’s Jarrod Bowen has been a great addition to the side but must step up his attacking performances.

Jarrod Bowen, West Ham.
Jarrod Bowen, West Ham. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images) /

Bowen does provide a lot to the team outside of goal contributions. The winger helps out with the defence immensely. Bowen’s non-stop running helps provide cover for the Hammer’s right back, Vladimir Coufal. This is an attribute David Moyes likes his players to have.

Ultimately Bowen is in the team to get goals, and at the moment he is not getting enough of them. West Ham paid Hull City over £20 million for the Englishman and will want more from him before the season ends. Bowen himself is targeting double figures for goals scored, though he is halfway there, he needs to get back on track.

The forward’s form has started to see some fans want him dropped from the side. With a lack of depth in the team, Bowen doesn’t really have any competition for his position. Andriy Yarmolenko has become the back-up striker, Pablo Fornals and Said Benrhama play on the left or centrally. New signing Jesse Lingard could challenge Bowen. But it is more likely Lingard will be used centrally.

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All players go through rough patches in their careers, and this is Bowens. What is important is that he gets himself out of it and back to his brilliant best again.