Why Bowen can thrive against Spurs


Bowen can thrive against Spurs if Moyes gets tactics right 

I’m not as pessimistic as some ahead of tomorrow’s Premier League game against Tottenham. However, David Moyes has to recognise the opportunity to play Spurs and exploit their weaknesses as the club battles a hefty injury list.

Whilst Crystal Palace sat back and showed little ambition in the 1-1 draw at the London Stadium, Spurs will attack relentlessly and leave gaps in their depleted defence. This should suit Jarrod Bowen, who is far more suited to playing against a team with a high line.

Bowen spent much of the game against Palace with his back to goal. It’s a situation he’s just not equipped for given his size. He’s often outmuscled and isolated, which makes things easier for the defenders.

Against Tottenham, there will be space to counter-attack, which will far better suit Bowen’s style of play. The counter-attack will be crucial, and for that reason, I’d play a front three of Bowen, Mohammed Kudus, and Maxwel Cornet, who will provide the pace to threaten the Spurs backline.

Jarrod Bowen-West Ham-will lead the line against Tottenham

Jarrod Bowen can thrive against Spurs

The Hammers will have to be quick, though, which is why I’ve chosen Maxwel Cornet over Said Benrahma. The Ivorian is far more direct and will not allow the opposition defenders time to retreat back into position. West Ham won’t have time for step-overs and indecision, there will need to be direct running before Ange Postecoglou’s defenders can reset.

I doo think we have a chance, not a massive one but a chance nonetheless. It’s crucial that the team provides some form of consistent threat; otherwise, we’ll get overrun

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