Bowen training footage gives Hammers a huge Euro boost


Jarrod Bowen’s return for the Europa League quarter-final against Bayer Leverkusen tomorrow changes everything. Without him, West Ham stand little chance of winning, especially as David Moyes will be missing both Lucas Paqueta and Emerson.

West Ham need goals to try and overturn a 2-0 deficit. While Michail Antonio and Mohammed Kudus each had their moments in the first leg, two attackers will not be enough to trouble Xabi Alonso’s men.

That’s why it’s such good news to see Bowen back in training, and having Sky Sports cameras capture it felt significant. Although Irons manager Moyes played down the significance of West Ham’s top scorer returning, it was clear the club was eager to allow the public to see him training.

Bowen returns to training-West Ham

Bowen pictured today participating in West Ham’s pre Europa League training session

Moyes said, “It was great to see Jarrod (Bowen) out there training, the first time we’ve had him back. I am not sure yet. We had Kalvin (Phillips) out there too, not sure about him either. Alphonse (Areola) has been out too; not sure about him either. They will all be pretty late calls tomorrow.”

Moyes might say he’s unsure, but he’s just being his usual cautious self, which I don’t mind at all. The good news is clear for all to see, and the return of a key player like Bowen can only help. Clearly, Leverkusen are still huge favourites, but Bowen’s comeback will give the fans and players some hope.

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