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Damning stat exposes West Ham player weakness

Jarrod Bowen is one of the most substituted players in the Premier League and now a damning stat could explain the reason why!

Bowen has featured in all 26 Premier League fixtures this season starting 23 of his outings to date.

Only Tomas Soucek (8) and Michail Antonio (7) have also scored more often in the top-flight for the Irons than Bowen (5), who is without a goal in his last seven appearances. He was benched for Pablo Fornals to take his place on the right-flank against Manchester City on Saturday.

Kevin Phillips has quoted Wyscout data showing that Bowen is one of only three players across Europe’s top-five leagues allow the opposition to make a higher number of progressive passes. Moyes prides himself on defensive discipline within his teams and Phillips says he does not believe there is room for Bowen to be carried by others.

“Stats don’t lie,” Phillips told Football Insider. “In possession, he’s great. But ultimately, out of possession, you’ve got to know your positions, you’ve got to know when to press, you’ve got to know where to show someone and where not to show them.

“If you don’t get it quite right at this level, you get punished. It’s no surprise because he’s more of an offensive player, defending is not his main duty. But we all know that nowadays you’ve got to be able to do both.

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About Sean Whetstone

I am Season Ticket Holder in West stand lower at the London Stadium and before that, I used to stand in the Sir Trevor Brooking Lower Row R seat 159 in the Boleyn Ground and in the Eighties I stood on the terraces of the old South Bank. I am a presenter on the West Ham Podcast called MooreThanJustaPodcast.co.uk. A Blogger on WestHamTillIdie.com a member of the West Ham Supporters Advisory Board (SAB), Founder of a Youtube channel called Mr West Ham Football at http://www.youtube.com/MrWestHamFootball, I am also the associate editor here at Claret and Hugh. Life Long singer of bubbles! Come on you Irons! Follow me at @Westhamfootball on twitter

7 comments on “Damning stat exposes West Ham player weakness

  1. Looks a bit harsh to me. All sorts of talents required in a squad that has ambitions to compete in Europe. Moyes knows when to use his players and at what stages of the game they will be most effective. Bowen may not do everything but does a lot of them and will only improve more with sound coaching which we have. Need to get off his back

  2. He’s had tonsillitis for the past 3 months and still made himself available. Its not a surprise he cant last 90 mins.

  3. Harsh comments and use of collated statistics. Interpretation of the figures should not lead to these conclusions of damnation of Jarrod Bowen and his efforts on the pitch. It is my understanding that Christmas Day has been celebrated on 25th December for the last 30 years (when records began). This date has been exclusively used. Very interesting, but shows us nothing. Analysis of this kind is also interesting to a point. However this analysis is very selective and simple. All of these observations don’t take any account of many other factors and the impossibility of comparisons.

  4. Bowen showed he can play 2 way last season and at the beginning of this.
    I believe he has the ability to improve and be a regular starter again.
    Tonsillitis during a covid pandemic? Amazing he has been out of quarantine.Gary

  5. What does that stat even mean? Absolute nonsense.

    • Obviously Bowen is one of only three players across Europe’s top-five leagues allow the opposition to make a higher number of progressive passes. Says it all. Damning first class. Guilty – no defence to facts. Bring back Savio. COYI

  6. These stats aside, and it could possibly be something to do with illness, has he done enough for supporters this season? 5 goals is ok so far but how much as he assisted? I like him, but he seems to be going through a tricky patch that has lasted quite a while and therefore his worth to the team on any given match day seems to have dissipated. I guess Moyes thinks so too as he has been benched a little bit more often lately.

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