Jarrod Bowen has come to epitomise all the things optimistic about West Ham United beneath David Moyes.
Not solely has the 25-year-old had a sensational season for the Hammers however he has completed so off the again of onerous work and graft each on and off the area – traits which sceptics really feel are missing amongst gamers in the modern-day, multi-million pound recreation.
In the summer season of 2020, round six months after Bowen signed for West Ham from Hull City in a £20million-plus deal, he went to his uncle’s potato farm in Herefordshire for some further coaching in preparation for the new season.
Jarrod Bowen has been a key a part of West Ham’s success story beneath David Moyes this season
Bowen is hoping to fireplace the Hammers to a European ultimate in opposition to Frankfurt on Thursday
Bowen’s dad Sam is an old style kind and instructed his son to use the area to prepare on. Bowen accepted and went working and sprinting in a area of potatoes, sometimes with weights strapped to his arms.
When he made the transition again onto a extra acquainted floor, Bowen had gained an additional yard of tempo and felt like a sprinter. He believed he was returning to West Ham fitter than he had ever been.
Fast ahead lower than two years and it’s a weight of a special sort that adorns Bowen – that of expectation.
If West Ham are to overcome Eintracht Frankfurt and attain the Europa League ultimate, it’s doubtless to be Bowen who performs a pivotal position in getting them there – such is the stage of influence he has had in a standout marketing campaign.
Bowen has the chance to observe in the footsteps of the nice Sir Trevor Brooking, who scored twice in opposition to the similar opponents 46 years in the past to ship West Ham by way of to the ultimate of the European Cup Winners’ Cup – their final look in any showpiece encounter in a continental competitors.
Bowen is aiming to repeat the heroics of Sir Trevor Brooking (proper) in opposition to the similar opponents
The 25-year-old has scored 16 objectives in 47 appearances for the Hammers this season
Gareth Southgate might choose Bowen in his England squad for the World Cup in Qatar
There is no-one higher positioned to repeat Brooking’s heroics than Bowen, who’s conscious of the discuss of him having the potential to emulate a West Ham legend. But, as is typical of the participant, he has tried to hold these comparisons away from his thoughts.
Bowen can be believed to be considered one of the hardest-working on the coaching floor in Moyes’ squad. The supervisor has performed a big position in his improvement, typically giving him the proverbial kick up the bottom to problem him and push him to obtain much more.
‘I believe onerous work does beat expertise,’ Bowen instructed CNN earlier this year.
‘It’s about taking your chance and I believe you will get all the luck in the world, however I believe if you happen to’re not prepared to be prepared at the time that you just want to be, then you definitely will not do effectively.’
Moyes has been recognized to give Bowen a push in coaching to problem him to be even higher
These traits are evident all through Moyes’ West Ham, a aspect not recognized for an abundance of expertise however which is filled with onerous employees and people making the better of their means. Where the group is larger than the sum of its components.
Central to that’s Bowen, whose excellent performances have made the charge West Ham paid for the participant look low-cost and have sparked requires him to be chosen in the England squad for the World Cup in Qatar.
After 16 objectives and 11 assists in 47 appearances for the Hammers this season, it’s no marvel he is knocking closely on the England door. He is, fairly merely, in the type of his footballing life.
Punters can be silly to again in opposition to Bowen making Southgate’s squad for the match in the gulf nation later this year. He has compelled his means into severe rivalry not simply because others in his position, corresponding to Marcus Rashford, have endured disappointing campaigns – he can be there fully on benefit.
Jurgen Klopp has publicly praised Bowen as an ‘unbelievable participant’ amid his hyperlinks to Liverpool
‘Of course enjoying for England is a goal of mine for certain, I’d be mendacity if I stated it wasn’t,’ Bowen stated. ‘I believe I’m on the proper path, so whether or not it occurs now or in the future, I do not know.’
Bowen’s shows for West Ham have additionally caught the eye of the likes of Liverpool, with Jurgen Klopp amongst his many admirers in the English recreation. Klopp earlier this year described the ahead as an ‘unbelievable’ participant, a uncommon instance of a supervisor being so public with their reward of a possible switch goal.
It isn’t just his on-field antics which have attracted the consideration, although. His relationship with Dani Dyer, the Love Island star and daughter of actor and well-known West Ham fan Danny Dyer, has additionally hit the headlines.
Bowen is in a relationship with Dani Dyer, the daughter of well-known West Ham fan Danny Dyer
After rumours emerged that Bowen was courting Dyer, the West Ham devoted devised their very own model of the ‘Freed From Desire’ track for his or her star winger and his new associate.
‘Bowen’s on fireplace and he’s sh***ing Dani Dyer,’ goes the chant.
Danny Dyer, who has been public together with his help of Bowen courting his daughter, got here up together with his personal, barely extra PG model on Instagram in April as he jokingly mocked the track.
‘Jarrod Bowen is on fireplace… and he’s… cuddling me daughter or one thing,’ Dyer stated.
He will need to do greater than cuddle Bowen is he fires West Ham to a European ultimate on Thursday night time.
Dyer posted a hilarious message on Instagram in response to West Ham’s track about Bowen