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Bowen’s problem by the manager

The Everton goals may have been good but David Moyes is looking for far more from him inm the second part of the season.

The former Hull City striker has been a big big player for the Irons but in a disappointing season he may be the player from whom the squad receive a big spark.

And discussing this with reporters the boss said: ” Coming to West Ham is a big step up”

“Can you show you’re a player coming out of the Championship into the Premier League? I think Jarrod has shown he’s more than capable. He’s looked a really good player.

Soccer Football – Europa Conference League – Group B – West Ham United v FCSB – London Stadium, London, Britain – September 8, 2022 West Ham United’s Jarrod Bowen celebrates scoring their first goal Action Images via Reuters/Peter Cziborra

“Last year in the second half of the season he took over the goal scoring here, got us big goals, in Europe and in the league. To get named in the England squad and probably having a big hope that he would make the squad to go to the World Cup.

He’s not performed well in the first half of the season and I still think he’s got a lot more to go again. But the one thing with Jarrod if you look through his career even when he was at Hull he’d score 10 goals, 12 or 13.

He had a goalscoring record every year. And I’ve got to say for the first six months of this year he hadn’t scored. With those two goals he’s up to about five now?

In the second half of the season if he starts getting close to those numbers where your saying that’s acceptable. But up till now his numbers haven’t been acceptable really.”

On whether he was and has been affected by his hopes and disappointment at non World Cup selection he added: “I think he tried to do so many things correctly. He tried so everything he did was right.

His form , from the start of the season to November he probably didn’t perform well enough in those six to eight weeks.

He didn’t get goals. If he’d got three or four goals he might have been the one going to the World Cup maybe more so than some others who popped in at the last minute.

He was so disappointed with himself, gutted that he didn’t do that. I think it was hanging onĀ  him a little bit.

So I’m hoping those goals have given him big confidence to go and show what he can do. He can score, he can create goals, he’s been a great buy for us and a really good team player.”

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