Jarrod Bowen is undoubtedly an exciting talent for West Ham United, and he showed the threat he can pose during the 2-1 loss against Arsenal.
The 23-year-old showed plenty of running and was able to get himself into dangerous positions throughout his 83 minutes on the pitch.
This paid dividends when he played a role in the Hammers’ equaliser. Having broken forward with the ball, he spotted Ryan Fredericks overlapping and slipped the ball through to him, allowing the right-back to play a low cross for Michail Antonio to finish.
It was a fairly simple thing for Bowen to do, but it is exactly what his side needed from him, and the former Hull City man could have done it more often if he had shown more awareness.
He didn’t make any key passes in his time on the pitch, while attempting four shots, three of which were blocked – some of the shots were very speculative.
There was plenty to be pleased with from Bowen’s game, as he put in a strong defensive display to help out Fredericks, alongside his involvement in the goal.
This was key, due to Arsenal carrying a large threat on the left through Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Bukayo Saka and Sead Kolasinac, whom he helped stop for large periods with his two tackles and two interceptions.
It was far from a bad performance from Bowen, as he had a positive impact overall for the team, but it is his lack of awareness at times which prevented him from having a great game.
Losing the match to an 85th-minute goal from Eddie Nketiah accentuates how important these small margins can prove to be.