West Ham United attacker Jarrod Bowen has opened up on his move to the London Stadium from Hull, in conversation with BBC Radio Humberside.
The 24-year-old sealed a deadline day switch to the Hammers for £22million just over a year ago, penning a five-and-a-half-year contract in East London.
Bowen has become one of David Moyes’ most reliable players this season, starting 23 of his side’s 26 Premier League games and appearing as a substitute in the other three.
He has registered five goals and three assists in the league this season, as well as an assist in the FA Cup, and several of his goal contributions have been decisive.
Bowen provided either a goal or an assist in the games against Aston Villa, Leeds United, West Brom and Crystal Palace to help the Hammers secure a one-goal victory.
On Friday, he appeared as a guest on BBC Radio Humberside and was quizzed on, among other things, the story behind why he left and how the move came about.
The player admitted that worries over any injury scuppering a top-flight transfer had been a key contributing factor when making his decision to leave Hull.
“I think as a player you only get one opportunity of a big move,” he said on Friday night’s Sports Talk show, as transcribed by Hull Live.
“You are only so far away from an injury and I think when I was at Hull we were six points off the playoffs and there was probably ambition from even myself and obviously all the fans and the club to push for those play-offs.
“But I think as a player when that Premier League move comes at you I don’t think you can ever turn it down when everything is right.
“Because like I said the only thing for me was at the time if I picked up a serious injury and was out for a year or a few months then you never know how you will come back and if you’re going to hit the same form.
“That Premier League move might not come around again so I felt the time was right for me to go, I felt ready. I felt like I had done all I could at Hull City to prove myself and establish myself as a better player.
“So I just think everything fell into perfect timing to move on.”
Bowen has been a great asset to West Ham since joining last year, and this season he has kicked on and answered his critics.
The £96,000-a-week ace is the Hammers’ third top scorer this season and is second to only Michail Antonio when it comes to goal involvements.
Bowen is one of many West Ham players who have impressed this term and hopefully the team will be rewarded with a Champions League spot.