West Ham manager David Moyes has explained he’s been impressed by January signing Jarrod Bowen in training ahead of the fixture against Manchester City.
The Hammers travel to the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday night to face Manchester City in the Premier League, after the original fixture between the pair was called off.
West Ham sit 18th in the league table as it stands occupying a relegation spot and haven’t played since 1 February when they threw away three points in a 3-3 draw with Brighton.
Bowen has moved to the London Stadium for £22million (Sky Sports) from Championship side Hull City and will hope to make his Hammers debut in midweek.
He is a dangerous right-winger that managed 17 goals in 32 games across all competitions this season for Hull before his January transfer on deadline day.
The 23-year-old has only previously had the briefest of spells in the top-flight and will now be looking to make a name for himself.
Moyes has spoken about the English wide player impressing in training ahead of Manchester City, but claims he won’t be rushing him in too early.
“I have been pleased with what I have seen from Jarrod at the moment. He’s come in and settled in very quickly, he’s looked very sharp in training. He’s obviously had loads of games, so it’s not as if he’s short of match practice or match fitness in any way so I have been pleased,” Moyes said, as quoted by the club’s official website.
“But I am also wary of putting the boys in too quickly. I have had lots of boys from the Championship in the past and I think it’s important that you put them in at the right time, the right moments, and we will just take our time and see when it’s right for Jarrod. Obviously, he is a talent. We need goals, he can do that. I am also very aware that we don’t need to put pressure on him too quickly.”
It doesn’t sound like Moyes will be throwing Bowen straight into the West Ham XI and away to Manchester City would be an extremely difficult fixture to try make a difference.
But the facts are they are sat in serious relegation trouble and they made January signings to try dig them out of their hole.
Bowen is a goal machine that should add extra creativity to the side and he can’t be kept on the sidelines for too long.
The left-footed ace needs to be given a chance to hit the ground running and he’s had a couple of weeks to train with his new teammates.