West Ham manager David Moyes has claimed that there shouldn’t be too much pressure put on January signing Jarrod Bowen, as he looks to make his step up from the Championship to the Premier League.
The Hammers completed a last-minute deal for the attacker on deadline day, as he moved to the London Stadium from Hull City.
He’s been a phenomenal talent in England’s second-tier during recent years and this season scored 17 goals in 32 games across all competitions for Hull.
The right-winger is a goal machine that is so lethal when cutting inside on his left foot and he’s finally going to get a serious opportunity in the top-flight, with a possible Hammers debut on Sunday away to Manchester City.
Bowen has linked up though with a West Ham side that sit 18th in the Premier League table in a relegation position and are in a real fight to stay up.
Moyes has discussed working with players making the step up in divisions and stressed that Bowen can’t have too much pressure on his shoulders.
“From the Championship, I’ve taken Leighton Baines, Phil Jagielka, John Stones, Tim Cahill – some have come in and done a job really quickly and others have taken more time to settle,” Moyes said, as quoted by the club’s official website.
“I’ll find out in time. We can’t be putting pressure on new players to completely make the difference here.”
It’s a big ask for Bowen to make an immediate impact on the West Ham as he steps up to the Premier League, but unfortunately that’s what they may need.
The dazzling wide player made seven brief appearances in the top-flight during the 2016/17 season when Hull were relegated, but was a youngster back then still learning the ropes.
He’s now completed a transfer with a lot of hype around his name and despite Moyes trying to play down expectation, they really could do with some of his goals to try dig them out of trouble.
Bowen couldn’t face a tougher start than trips to Manchester City then Liverpool, but it could be a good opportunity to bed him in before the crunch fixtures.