Glenn Johnson has claimed that West Ham may well have had one eye on relegation when they signed Jarrod Bowen in January.
The forward completed a big-money move to the Hammers after impressing in the last two seasons for Hull City.
If he can hit the ground running, then Bowen could well prove the difference between West Ham staying up or ending up in the Championship once again.
However, former right-back Johnson has claimed the club might have tactically bought Bowen for next season.
“The owners have spent a bit of money on him, but ideally, you want someone who is established in the Premier League,” Johnson said. (Daily Star)
“Are they tactically buying that player and thinking ‘well we might be down, but he’s a great player for the Championship next year’. Hopefully not”.
Johnson is obviously worried about Bowen adapting to life in the Premier League. And he went on further to say that the club shouldn’t have pinned everything on the new-boy.
“Fingers crossed he goes in and does wonders. But you can’t pin your survival hopes on him,” Johnson added.
Bowen scored 16 times in the Championship for Hull before sealing his move to the Hammers. That built on an impressive campaign last year that saw him rattle in 22 goals, despite Hull’s struggles.
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Glen Johnson has made a point here that a lot of people might have been thinking but won’t want to say.
There is every chance the Hammers do indeed have one on next season. They are firmly in a relegation scrap and if they did drop, then Bowen would be ready-made for the Championship.
Of course, David Moyes will be doing his best to prevent that situation from becoming a reality.
These are worrying times for West Ham as a club. They best hope, then, that Bowen can indeed bring his form immediately to the table when he pulls on a Hammers shirt.