West Ham star Jarrod Bowen has been hailed as ‘the future’.
The winger arrived last January from Hull in a £20m deal and has gone on to become a genuine star under David Moyes.
This season already, the 24-year-old has scored four goals and registered three assists from 18 games in all competitions.
He played a key role in the win over Stockport County, laying on the assist for Craig Dawson’s late winner in the FA Cup third round.
And Noel Whelan believes that Bowen is proving that he is becoming invaluable, and will be just that for the remainder of his time at the Hammers.
He said: “Bowen has been a really shrewd signing.
“Since He said: “David Moyes has taken over at West Ham that has been an onus on signing British players, players that know the league and very good Championship players who he feels can make the step up to the Premier League.
“Leeds were looking at Bowen but at the time we did not have the money to go and spend that on him but he has proven to be worth every penny.
“West Ham beat a lot of other clubs to Bowen. They are reaping the rewards for that. I think David Moyes will be really pleased with his progression.
“He is a fantastic player and will be there for a number of years now. He is the future.”
Bowen has made a total of 31 appearances for the Irons, and has scored five goals and registered seven assists since his switch from the Championship club.
He is undoubtedly one of the first names on the team sheet and is likely to be back in action against Burnley this weekend.
Whelan works for Football Insider.