West Ham United star Jarrod Bowen has benefitted from David Moyes’ decision to keep playing him during his poor spell in front of goal.
What’s the word?
That is according to Sky Sports reporter Dharmesh Sheth, who has hailed it as “a good bit of management from Moyes.”
The reporter expressed praise towards the Irons manager for keeping Bowen in his starting XI, along with the 59-year-old’s public backing of the England international. As a result, Sheth now feels that Bowen is showing glimpses of the form that he enjoyed last season.
Speaking to GIVEMESPORT, the Sky journalist said: “You could see it as a good bit of management from Moyes because when he was being criticised, this was three or four games ago, Moyes publicly said Jarrod Bowen is starting to show the form that we know he’s capable of.
“He really publicly backed Jarrod Bowen and it looks like it’s worked as well because that performance against Wolves started to show signs that he could be back to somewhere approaching his best again.”
Great management by Moyes
Moyes’ decision in backing Bowen is starting to pay off, with the England international grabbing his first goal of the Premier League season last weekend at the eighth time of trying, coming through just when his manager needed him most.
It was somewhat of a throwback performance from the former Hull City man, who took four shots and create three chances in a man-of-the-match performance against Wolves.
There was never any doubt of his ability, with the 25-year-old chipping in with 22 attacking returns last season in the form of 12 goals and ten assists, but the relative lack of impact this term may have come as a concern to Moyes, who could have easily opted against playing him.
Instead, the 59-year-old persevered with the winger by starting him in every league match up to now, and even sticking with him for the entirety of all but one of those games. On that occasion, he still featured for 85 of the 90 minutes, a clear sign of the trust that the manager has in him.
It is worth noting that Bowen is not the only inverted Premier League winger to struggle this season, with the likes of Mohamed Salah and Riyad Mahrez also struggling to live up to their previous heights.
This may be to do with the dynamics which come with an out-and-out number nine, with West Ham (Gianluca Scamacca), Liverpool (Darwin Nunez) and Manchester City (Erling Haaland) all signing a bona fide target man in the summer transfer window.
Either way, Bowen looks as though he is finding his feat again in the top flight, which reflects Moyes’ nous as an experienced man manager who is now being rewarded for his patience and loyalty in persevering with the 25-year-old.